Category: Arrogance


National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.08.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 8, 2015:

  • Washington County, Oregon: A sergeant resigned during an investigation into his alleged sexual harassment and misconduct. ow.ly/MGZ6D
  • Washington State Police: A trooper was arrested for attempting to conceal his teenaged son’s role in an attempted arson. The veteran trooper allegedly tried to destroy evidence that linked his son to the crime.  ow.ly/MGZBH
  • Alameda, California: The city settled an excessive force lawsuit. The plaintiff who was beaten by an officer with a baton received $450,000 for injuries he sustained during his mistaken arrest. ow.ly/MH0ld
  • Update: Chula Vista, California (First reported 06-18-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to misdemeanor child abuse for choking and assaulting his girlfriend’s 16-year-old son. ow.ly/MHDbf
  • Buffalo, New York: An officer faces civil rights charges for mistreating a witness to a crime and having that witness falsely arrested. The officer was off-duty at the time and working security at a pub. The incident was a murder in which the pub’s manager threw a man down the stairs, leading to his death.  ow.ly/MHTVy
  • Clanton, Alabama: The police chief was arrested for stealing from FOP’s “Santa Claus Fund.” That fund provides gifts to kids in need during the holiday season. ow.ly/MHWXC
  • Bel Aire, Kansas: A now-former chief and three now-former officers were indicted for fraud. Allegedly, they bought guns under the guise of official use to take advantage of law enforcement tax exemptions to sell them at a profit.  ow.ly/MI0OL
  • Bartlett, Tennessee: An officer was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter for a high-speed crash while in pursuit that killed two motorists. ow.ly/MIwpn

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.06.15

 

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, May 6, 2015:

  • Indiana University-Bloomington: A police officer resigned after he was accused of raping a student.  ow.ly/MACaW
  • DEA: Six agents who left a man alone in a cell without food or water for five days, forcing the man by circumstance to drink his urine to survive, were given short suspensions and reprimands. None of them lost their positions to termination. http://ow.ly/MBaIn
  • Dover, Delaware: An officer was indicted for assault. He kicked a man in the head and broke his jaw when responding to a call. The dashcam video of the incident was recently released. The former state attorney general was unable to secure an indictment from a grand jury shortly following the 2013 incident. However, the new attorney general re-presented case to the grand jury and had more success. ow.ly/MBeyY
  • Columbia County, Florida: Two officers were charged in beating of an inmate at the jail and an attempt to cover it up. ow.ly/MBgnA
  • Lee County, Florida: A deputy was fired for not responding to 911 call instead finishing his lunch, though he was not on his lunch break. He was sitting with three fellow deputies when he responded verbally to the dispatcher twice but did not move for assistance either time. He waited nearly 30 minutes to tell another deputy to respond. That deputy arrived on the scene 53 minutes after the initial 911 call.  The caller had succumbed to a fatal heart attack. The sheriff said the now-former deputy’s actions were “beyond negligent.” ow.ly/MBm4l
  • Ramapo, New York: The police department is being sued for stopping four black parole officers at gunpoint and holding them even after they successfully identified themselves. ow.ly/MBxSK
  • Anne Arundel County, Maryland: An officer was arrested for biting another man’s testicles during a fight. http://ow.ly/MC3pc
  • Update: Victoria, Texas (First reported 12-17-14): The officer who was fired for twice tackling and then tasing a 76-year-old man during a traffic stop has been hired by Beeville PD. http://ow.ly/MC5Vx
 

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How To Fix The Broken Budget

 

 

 

 

 

” Congress is required by law to pass a budget each fiscal year which lays out the framework for allocating taxpayer dollars for all federal programs. Additionally, Congress must pass 12 function and program –related appropriations bills that then distribute the funds to the various departments, agencies, and programs.

  Instead, Congress and the administration have relied on last-minute continuing resolutions (CRs) and omnibus spending bills that kick the can down the road by adopting only set levels of funding — providing no oversight over the worthiness of program spending, nor prioritizing spending according to our country’s needs.

  As President Reagan famously said: “Government programs, once launched, never disappear…a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.”

  This broken approach must end if we are to ensure long-term competitiveness and quality of living in America for future generations.

  Let’s take a deeper look at the problem:

  • Continuing resolutions keep programs on “auto-pilot” from year to year without any assessment of whether the money is being well spent. There have been more than 20 of these resolutions in the past five years.
  • Nearly 200 government programs are “fragmented, duplicative, overlapping or just inefficient,” according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report.
  • Congressional committees, charged with scrutinizing how each federal department and agency is actually spending taxpayer dollars, are strapped for time to do so. Committees, on average, hold specific program oversight hearings only a few hours each month and generally focus attention on only one or two programs each year — neglecting many programs under their jurisdiction.
  • Without proper legislative oversight, wasteful government spending continues its meteoric climb as more and more power is ceded to the unaccountable executive branch to govern the programs. No oversight translates into a bureaucracy jobs program — paying federal workers billions to implement programs that have outlived their original mission.

  Incredibly, it’s been revealed that the government does not actually know the exact number of agencies, offices and government corporations it comprises. (A cursory count on various lists shows the number is in the several hundreds).”

 

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.05.15

 

 

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” Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 5, 2015:

  • Hillsborough, North Carolina: An officer pled guilty to acts of indecency with two 13-year-olds. He was sentenced to 20-33 months, suspended. http://ow.ly/MuCsq
  • Chaska, Minnesota: An officer was fired after and investigation into alleged racial profiling of Latinos. http://ow.ly/MuKzt
  • Update: Meeker County, Minnesota (First reported 04-01-15): A now-former deputy pled guilty to assault. He tasered the police chief from Eden Valley during an argument. http://ow.ly/MvBYQ
  • Wellford, South Carolina: An officer was charged with misconduct for illegally possessing and mishandling evidence. http://ow.ly/MvGoT
  • Cottonwood Shores, Texas: The police chief resigned and surrendered his law enforcement certification in exchange for a harassment charge against him being dropped. http://ow.ly/MvGRc
  • Aransas Pass, Texas: An officer was arrested for forgery. It was his second stint with the department, with a brief stint at another law enforcement agency in between. He lied about military training on his second stint with the department. http://ow.ly/MvHuF
  • Update: Yonkers, New York (First reported 10-09-14): Two officers were sentenced for perjury and misconduct charges. They lied on paperwork to acquire a search warrant. During the raid based on the flawed warrant, the suspect fell from a third story window and died. After the incident, the officers attempted to cover-up the nature of the warrant by urging a confidential informant to lie and say they had done several drug buys in the apartment. One officer was sentenced to eight weekends in jail; the other officer was sentenced to spend every weekend in jail for six months.  http://ow.ly/MvIbQ
  • Los Angeles County, California: A deputy received an undisclosed discipline for a fatal collision with a cyclist.  He had been looking at his dashboard computer at the time of the incident. http://ow.ly/MvKv4
  • Update: Fort Collins, Colorado (First reported 09-19-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to four years in prison for stalking a woman. It had been his second law enforcement job http://ow.ly/MvMib
  • Hayward, California: A now-former officer was charged with grand theft. Allegedly, he began a coercive relationship with a sex worker while he was an officer and, over several years, fraudulently took more than $500,000 from her. http://ow.ly/MvMTB
  • Update: Algona, Washington: An officer and former chief resigned after his arrest for theft from a youth program. ow.ly/MzGvL

 

 

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Congratulations, New York, You’re #1 In Corruption

 

 

 

 

 

” Other states have plenty of corruption, but it’s hard to beat New York when it comes to sheer volume. The indictment Monday of Dean Skelos, the state Senate majority leader, and his son Adam came just three months after charges were brought against Sheldon Silver, then the Assembly Speaker. Having the top leaders in both chambers face indictment in the same session is an unparalleled achievement, but Skelos is now the fifth straight Senate majority leader in Albany to face indictment.

  New York doesn’t so much have a culture of corruption as an entire festival. So far, Senate Republicans are standing by Skelos, but if they decide to make a change, they probably won’t turn to Thomas Libous, the chamber’s Number Two leader. He faces trial this summer on charges of lying to the FBI, while his son faces sentencing later this month on similar charges. All told, more than two dozen members of the New York state legislature have been indicted or resigned in disgrace over the past five years. “Albany for a long time has had a culture of self-interest, where private gains are woven in with public policy,” says Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause in New York.

  Clusters of corruption and even convictions are not unique to New York. Silver was one of four state House Speakers to face indictment over the past year (Alabama, Rhode Island and South Carolina are home to the others). In Massachusetts, three Speakers prior to current incumbent Robert DeLeo all resigned and pleaded guilty to criminal charges. When Dan Walker died last week, it was hard for obituary writers not to note that he was one of four Illinois governors over the past five decades who ended up in prison. “While I’m a proud New Yorker and want my state to be ahead in everything, I’m not sure we’re ahead on corruption,” says Daniel Richman, a former federal prosecutor who teaches law at Columbia University.

  Richman is kidding, but he makes a serious point. Give any U.S. attorney a year and 10 FBI agents and he or she can probably come back from the state capital with a passel of indictments. Having said all that, however, the waters in Albany have long been heavily stocked with potentially big fish. Remember in the movie Lincoln, when the president decides he has to resort to low dealings to get the anti-slavery amendment through Congress? The characters he relies on to do the trick come from Albany.”

 

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Meet The Federal Bureaucrat Who Would Not Let Kansas Prevent Foreigners From Voting

 

 

 

 

” The Supreme Court has been asked to allow Kansas and Arizona to verify that only United States citizens are registering to vote in those states. (See PJ Tatler’s coverage here). Unfortunately, a single federal bureaucrat refused to allow the two states to weed out non-citizens trying to register to vote.

  Meet Alice Miller, the acting executive director of the Election Assistance Commission.

  Miller alone, from her inside-the-Beltway office, refused to amend the Kansas and Arizona version of a federal voter registration form to include state laws requiring proof of citizenship. Backed by a swarm of left-wing groups, Miller, by herself, made it easier for foreigners to vote in Kansas and Arizona.

  You might wonder how a single federal bureaucrat could have so much power over how elections are run in Kansas and Arizona. Federal law, commonly known as Motor Voter, requires states to accept a form drawn up by the Election Assistance Commission to register voters in their state. But states can ask the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to revise the version for their state to include state qualification laws. In Kansas and Arizona, registrants must establish that they are citizens to be qualified to register. When Kansas and Arizona asked the EAC to print new forms with those state law requirements, Miller refused.

  Kansas and Arizona sued, and a federal court ordered the EAC to reprint the forms. However, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed and held that Miller had the power to deny Kansas and Arizona new forms.

  The Supreme Court has been asked to take the case, a case which implicates both the integrity of American elections as well as the reach of federal bureaucrats.

  Normally, the commissioners at the EAC decide what versions of a form the states can use, but the EAC lacked a quorum. Into this vacuum swept Miller.

  The Public Interest Legal Foundation has filed an amicus brief for the American Civil Rights Union with the Supreme Court. The brief asks the Court to take the case and to restore the constitutional balance which Miller has disrupted.”

 

 

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Who Pays When The DEA Destroys Your Vehicle And Kills Your Employee During A Botched Sting? Hint: Not The DEA

 

Craig Patty is seeking damages after his truck was used without his permission as part of a botched law-enforcement operation that left the driver dead. Photo: James Nielsen / © 2011 Houston Chronicle

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” The DEA likes to borrow stuff. It’s just not very good about returning borrowed items in the same shape it got them.

  Like a woman’s Facebook account. Or a businessman’s semi truck. And his employee’s life.

  Craig Patty runs a tiny trucking company in Texas. He has only two trucks in his “fleet.” One of them was being taken to Houston for repairs by his employee, Lawrence Chapa. Or so he thought.

  In reality, Chapa was working with the DEA, which had paid him to load up Patty’s truck with marijuana and haul it back to Houston so the DEA could bust the prospective buyers. That’s when everything went completely, horribly wrong.

  [A]s the truck entered northwest Houston under the watch of approximately two dozen law enforcement officers, several heavily armed Los Zetas cartel-connected soldiers in sport utility vehicles converged on Patty’s truck.

In the ensuing firefight, Patty’s truck was wrecked and riddled with bullet holes, and a plainclothes Houston police officer shot and wounded a plainclothes Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was mistaken for a gangster.

The truck’s driver was killed and four attackers were arrested and charged with capital murder.

  Until Patty received a call notifying him that his employee had been killed, he was completely unaware of the DEA’s operations involving both his truck and his driver. Unbelievably, things got even worse for Patty after this discovery.

  Patty’s truck was impounded by the DEA. After it was released to him, it was out of service for several months as it underwent more than $100,000-worth of repairs. The DEA offered him no financial assistance for the truck it helped fill with bullet holes nor did it offer to make up for the revenue Patty lost while his truck was out of commission. His insurance company likewise turned down his claim, citing his truck’s use in a law enforcement operation.

 Nor did the DEA offer to do something to repair his newly-acquired reputation as a drug runner and/or DEA informant — something that makes Patty’s life a little bit more dangerous.

  Nor will it have to. A federal judge has dismissed Patty’s lawsuit against the DEA seeking up to $6.4 million in damages. (h/t to attorney Mark Bennett, who previously advised Patty but did not represent him in this lawsuit.)”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.02.15 to 05.04.15

 

 

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” Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, May 2 through Monday, May 4, 2015:

  • Update: Isabella County, Michigan: A deputy was charged with multiple accounts of sexual assault. ow.ly/MtLkI
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was charged with OVI. Her SUV was pulled over after it was observed swerving on the road. ow.ly/Mu4Gv
  • Update: Barren County, Kentucky: A now-former sheriff had his convictions for witness tampering upheld by Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. http://ow.ly/MucGX
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: An officer entered an Alford plea for the 2012 beating of handcuffed 15-year-old boy. He’s due to be sentenced in June. http://ow.ly/Muffd
  • Pembroke Pines, Florida: The lawsuit against a now-former officer who shot a man having a seizure in 2010 was dismissed. http://ow.ly/MujHL
  • Maryland State Police: A trooper was arrested for punching a handcuffed man in custody at the MSP Glen Burnie barracks. http://ow.ly/MumKL
  • Update: Fairfax County, Virginia:  The state medical examiner ruled that the death of Natasha McKenna was an accident. McKenna was a 37-year-old woman with mental health issues who was Tased four times while fully restrained in order to prepare her for a transfer to another jail. She died as a result.  http://ow.ly/MuFUi
  • Hammondville, Alabama: The police chief was arrested for insurance fraud. The charge is related to a house fire in 2014. http://ow.ly/MuvKb
  • Lee County, North Carolina: The sheriff’s office fired one deputy and arrested another after an investigation into how jail inmates began sharing a cell phone smuggled in for them. http://ow.ly/MuwxQ
  • Connellsville, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged for coercing a minor for sexual favors in exchange for not filing drug charges against her. http://ow.ly/MuyY5
  • Decatur, Indiana: An officer was fired and charged for sending pictures of his genitalia to two teenage girls. http://ow.ly/MuB2V

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 05.01.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, May 1, 2015:

  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 10-28-14): An officer who was named in an excessive force lawsuit has been charged with assault for the incident that prompted it. ow.ly/MmcgG
  • Plainfield, New Jersey: An officer charged was with misconduct and receiving stolen property. ow.ly/MnGW9
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Six officers were charged with felonies for the death of Freddie Gray. Charges include manslaughter, 2nd degree murder, false imprisonment, and assault. http://nyti.ms/1EAlXK2
  • South Daytona, Florida: An officer was arrested for hitting a handcuffed suspect. ow.ly/MnUFr
  • Update: South Burlington, Vermont (First reported 03-23-15): A lieutenant who pled guilty to DWI was suspended for four weeks and will keep his job. He will also see a pay decrease during the time his driver’s license is suspended. ow.ly/MooZb
  • Virginia Beach, Virginia: An officer was placed on administrative leave for violating department’s use of force policy against a 17-year-old boy. The officer used pepper spray on the boy during a traffic stop but deployed a stun-gun too soon after the pepper spray.  ow.ly/MorMK
  • Billings, Montana: An officer was fired for lying about the circumstances that led to a high-speed chase. ow.ly/MoHfI
  • Northampton, North Carolina: Five deputies and six other current and former law enforcement officers were caught in an FBI drug bust. ow.ly/MoRqY

 

 

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Cartoonists Are Controversial And Murderers Are Moderate

 

 

 

 

” Controversial, intolerant and provocative. Mainstream media outlets broke out these three words to describe the “Draw the Prophet” contest, the American Freedom Defense Initiative and Pamela Geller.

  While the police were still checking cars for explosives and attendees waited to be released, CNN called AFDI, rather than the terrorists who attacked a cartoon contest, “intolerant.” Time dubbed the group “controversial.” The Washington Post called the contest, “provocative.”

  Many media outlets relied on the expert opinion of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a multi-million dollar mail order scam disguised as a civil rights group, which had listed AFDI as a hate group. Also listed as hate groups were a number of single author blogs, including mine, a brand of gun oil and a bar sign

  The bar sign, which hangs outside a bar seven miles outside Pittsburgh, appears to be made out of metal and plastic. It is reportedly unaware that it is a hate group and has made no plans to take over America.

  The SPLC’s inability to conduct even the most elementary fact checking did not stop news networks from inviting its talking head on to suggest that AFDI got “the response that they — in a sense — they are seeking.” Neither CNN nor MSNBC were impolitic enough to mention that no AFDI supporter had used its materials to plan a killing spree, while at least one of SPLC’s supporters had done just that.

But being “controversial” and “provocative” has nothing to do with who is doing the shooting. It’s a media signal that the target shouldn’t be sympathized with. The Family Research Council, which was shot up by a killer using the SPLC’s hate map, is invariably dubbed “intolerant.” The SPLC, which targeted it, is however a “respected civil rights group” which provides maps to respected civil rights gunmen.

  A contest in which Bosch Fawstin, an ex-Muslim, drew a cartoon of a genocidal warlord is “controversial” and “provocative,” while the MSA, which has invited Sheikh Khalid Yasin, who has inspired a number of terrorists, including apparently one of the Mohammed contest attackers, is a legitimate organization that is only criticized by controversial, intolerant and provocative Islamophobes.”

 

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The Clintons, A Luxury Jet And Their $100 Million Donor From Canada

 

 

 

” Bill Clinton was planning a charity trip to Latin America and needed a big plane.

  For Frank Giustra, who had never met the former president, this was an opportunity. The Canadian mining magnate and onetime Hollywood studio owner stepped up to let the former president borrow his luxurious passenger jet. There was just one condition: Giustra would come along for the ride.

  That 2005 trip was the start of an intense, mutually beneficial friendship — one that has helped propel the Clinton Foundation into a global giant and established Giustra’s reputation as an international philanthropist while helping him build connections in countries where his business was expanding.

  Giustra has since committed more than $100 million to the work of the Clinton Foundation, becoming one of the largest individual donors to the family’s charities.

  Clinton has also gained regular transportation, borrowing Giustra’s plane 26 times for foundation business since 2005, including 13 trips in which the two men traveled together. The numbers on Clinton’s use of the plane, never previously reported, were provided by a spokeswoman for Giustra.”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.30.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 30, 2015:

  • Update: Tampa, Florida (First reported 12-20-13): A now-former school resource officer was sentenced to six years for having sex with a 17-year-old student. http://ow.ly/MktY0
  • Atlanta, Georgia: An officer was arrested for approaching a woman who was sitting in her car and allegedly masturbating in front of her. He was off-duty at the time but was later identified by the victim’s description.  http://ow.ly/MkAc1
  • Jackson, Mississippi: An officer was arrested for assault after an alleged fight with a cousin’s ex-boyfriend. http://ow.ly/MkICM
  • Millville, New Jersey: A lieutenant was arrested for DUI after sideswiping another car while off duty. http://ow.ly/MkMgR
  • Millville, New Jersey: A lieutenant was arrested for assault for shoving man in a liquor store. Video of the confrontation was found while the press looked into the DUI arrest of another lieutenant (in the case just above). ow.ly/MkMYk
  • Wichita, Kansas: A now-retired officer is on trial for sexual assault of minors during last six years of his career and several years after. ow.ly/MlHXt
  • Fountain, Colorado: An officer was arrested for stalking and promotion of obscenity to a minor. ow.ly/MlTDM
  • Update: Knox County, Tennessee (First reported 11-07-14): A now-former deputy was last of six law enforcement offcers to be sentenced in gambling sting. All received probation and a period of home confinement. ow.ly/Mm2KO
  • Rio Grande City, Texas: An officer and Starr County drug task force member was arrested for cocaine distribution conspiracy. http://ow.ly/Mm5ke

 

 

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IRS Caught Violating Its Own Civil Forfeiture Policy;  U.S. Attorney Admonishes Small Business Owner To Keep His Mouth Shut

 

 

 

” Lyndon McLellan has spent more than a decade running L&M Convenience Mart, a gas station, restaurant and convenience store in rural Fairmont, North Carolina. Then, almost one year ago, agents from the IRS came to the store and announced that they had seized his entire bank account, totaling more than $107,000.

  Lyndon did nothing wrong, and the IRS has never alleged that he committed a crime—much less charged him with one. Despite this, in December 2014, the IRS and Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a civil forfeiture complaint in federal court, which, if successful, would allow them to keep Lyndon’s money permanently. The DOJ’s actions came months after the IRS announced a formal policy change prohibiting the agency from using civil forfeiture to take money from law-abiding citizens like Lyndon.

  Yesterday, the Institute for Justice (IJ), a national public interest law firm leading the fight to end civil forfeiture, filed court documents contesting the IRS’s forfeiture of Lyndon’s money.

“ This case demonstrates that the federal government’s recent reforms are riddled with loopholes and exceptions and fundamentally fail to protect Americans’ basic rights,” said Institute for Justice Attorney Robert Everett Johnson, who represents Lyndon. “No American should have his property taken by the government without first being convicted of a crime.”

  In February 2015, during a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Oversight Subcommittee, North Carolina Congressman George Holding told IRS Commissioner John Koskinen that he had reviewed Lyndon’s case—without specifically naming it—and that there was no allegation of the kind of illegal activity required by the IRS’s new policy. The IRS Commissioner responded, “If that cases exists, then it’s not following the policy.” “

 

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There Is Growing Evidence Non-Citizens Are Voting. Why Isn’t The Government Doing Anything?

 

 

 

 

” Non-citizens are registering to vote and at best, it seems the federal government’s officials don’t care about this illegal activity.

  At worst, it raises questions about whether some in Washington support illegal voting, so long as it supports their political agenda.

  The exact number of non-citizens who are voting in our elections is difficult to quantify because of the bureaucratic quagmire perpetuated by federal agencies against the (very few) states that have the resolve to attempt to verify citizenship.

  Federal agencies responsible for immigration and naturalization routinely fight efforts to compare voter rolls with lists of known non-citizens.

  Yet evidence of noncitizen voting mounts. The American Civil Rights Union just filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court documenting instance after instance of non-citizens registering and voting. It urges the Court to take up a petition for certiorari filed by Kansas and Arizona seeking to overturn a bad decision on this issue by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

  Last February, the Heritage Foundation’s Hans A. von Spakovsky spoke before a House committee and provided examples of foreigners voting.

  Worse, none of the perpetrators were prosecuted by Obama’s Justice Department. The examples provided by von Spakovsky are now before the Supreme Court in the briefs filed.”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.29.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 29, 2015:

  • Update: Kirtland Hills, Ohio (First reported 10-14-14): The now-former police chief was sentenced to two years in prison for fraud and tampering charges. According to the news report, “Prosecutors say he defrauded the village out of at least $80,000 by making unauthorized purchases of clothing, tools and goods for his own use.”  http://ow.ly/MfzJn
  • Update: Miami-Dade, Florida (First reported 08-06-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to aiding and abetting marijuana distribution. He faces a five-year mandatory minimum sentence for tipping off marijuana growers to when the police were investigating them and how to avoid capture. http://ow.ly/MfOqr
  • Sweetwater, Florida: An officer was arrested and suspended for buying cocaine. http://ow.ly/Mg26N
  • Phoenix, Arizona: The department released a video that led to the firing of a detective. The now-former detective knocked out an 18-year-old man’s teeth after he surrendered. http://ow.ly/Mg2Jz
  • Allen County, Ohio: A now-retired sergeant was charged with 112 counts related to 35 thefts from the evidence room. The alleged thefts occurred while he was employed with the department. http://ow.ly/Mg4Nm
  • Sidney, Nebraska: The chief was charged with obstructing government operations by a state attorney. Allegedly he did not pursue a criminal case that he should have. ow.ly/MiAJr
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was fired after a lengthy investigation. He fought a man after a fender bender in 2013 and though he was acquitted of criminal charges, his position was terminated after a disciplinary review. http://ow.ly/MiCPu
  • Update: Prescott Valley, Arizona (First reported 01-20-15): A now-former commander was sentenced to three years of probation. He pled guilty to stealing drugs from the evidence room. ow.ly/MiHhQ
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.28.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 28, 2015:

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico: An officer was arrested for aggravated battery. He allegedly hit a suspect during an arrest. The officer and his partner were suspended. The department learned of the incident through a police cadet who was shadowing the pair on the call. http://ow.ly/MdHgH
  • Detroit, Michigan: An officer was arraigned on weapons charges after a drive-by shooting. ow.ly/Meddo
  • Update: Marion, South Carolina (First reported 04-24-14): Two now-former officers were sentenced to prison for repeatedly Tasing a mentally ill woman. After the victim was on the ground and in handcuffs, and having Tased her several times already, one of the officers “offered to let her go if he could shoot her in the forehead one more time with his Taser.” That officer was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The other officer received a sentence of one year and one day.  ow.ly/MetUb
  • Los Angeles County, California: The sheriff’s office is being sued by a woman who claims her son was beaten to death while in the jail there. The coroner’s autopsy results indicated that the man hung himself in his cell. The family’s autopsy indicated he died of blunt force trauma to the head.  ow.ly/MeERN
  • St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired after his domestic violence arrest. ow.ly/MeXSL
  • Grant County, Washington: A deputy was arrested for assault after an incident while off duty. ow.ly/MeYNU
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina: An officer pled not guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Jonathan Ferrell.  http://ow.ly/Mfk9k
  • North Dakota State Police: A trooper resigned amid allegations that he wrote fake traffic tickets without distributing them. ow.ly/MfqMj
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.25.15 To 04.27.15

 

 

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” Here are the 13 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 25 to Monday, April 27, 2015:

  • Hodgeman County, Kansas: A deputy was arrested for killing his 2-month-old child. http://ow.ly/M8YjT
  • Columbia County, Georgia: A deputy was sentenced to three years’ probation and a $300 fine for giving accident reports obtained from a law enforcement database to injury lawyers.  http://ow.ly/M8YwX
  • Clay County, Missouri: A deputy was arrested for assaulting his estranged wife. http://ow.ly/M8YKU
  • Dunn County, Wisconsin: A deputy was arrested for DUI. http://ow.ly/M90Xc
  • Waynesburg, Pennsylvania: An officer was arrested after an alleged drunken burglary and assault. He subsequently resigned.http://ow.ly/MaVQE
  • Update: Berkeley County, West Virginia (First reported 10-27-14): A now-former captain was acquitted on a fraud charge, but the jury was hung on an embezzlement charge. The State plans to re-try the embezzlement case. http://ow.ly/Mbb64
  • Belmont, North Carolina: The City suspended and fired the police chief. Allegations of intimidation and payroll manipulation led to the dismissal. A captain also resigned as a result of the investigation. http://ow.ly/Mbdpm
  • Redstone Township, Pennsylvania: An officer was indicted for striking a suspect and then lying about the incident to justify the violence. http://ow.ly/MbfVe
  • Update: Shreveport, Louisiana (First reported 09-23-14): An officer was sentenced to 20 days in jail for an off-duty bar fight. He has been fired.http://ow.ly/Mbh9M
  • Update: Fruitport Township, Michigan (First reported 12-01-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to one year of probation for DUI with a minor in the car. http://ow.ly/Mbj3t
  • Vermont State Police: A trooper was arrested for DUI and has resigned. He responded to a late-night call and colleagues smelled alcohol on his breath. http://ow.ly/MbmU6
  • Peachtree City, Georgia: The police chief was indicted for shooting his wife in an apparent accident at home.  http://ow.ly/Mbo4B
  • Update: Ipswich, Massachusetts (First reported 04-28-14): A now-former officer and brother of the chief was sentenced to two years of probation after plea deal for off-duty assault. He also agreed never to work in law enforcement again. ow.ly/Mbrhh
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.24.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 24, 2015:

  • Dallas, Texas: A grand jury declined to indict two officers who fatally shot 38-year-old Jason Harrison. ow.ly/M3PzB
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: Recently released dashcam video contradicts statement by deputy who had been cleared in the 2013 shooting of unarmed black man. ow.ly/M3QbX
  • Latimer County, Oklahoma: A now-former deputy was arrested for stealing drug evidence. The drugs were discovered in his patrol vehicle during a routine cleaning. ow.ly/M3Wno
  • Oakland, California: The city paid $275,000 to two innocent teens. One of the teens was shot in the jaw by a police officer because he was mistaken for robbery suspect, the other was present at the time of the shooting. The officer who shot at the boys was, at the time, a field training officer. He claimed the victim made “a sweeping motion toward his waistband.”  http://bit.ly/1DArdJO
  • Coral Springs, Florida: An officer was arrested for domestic battery. He allegedly dragged his wife out of a car and drove off with their one-year-old son ow.ly/M4z5S
  • Update: Inkster, Michigan (First reported 03-30-15): An officer was fired and charged with assault after violent arrest video was released. The police chief resigned in the wake of the incident. ow.ly/M4Dyc
  • Dallas, Texas: Two officers were fired for maintaining inappropriate personal relationships. One officer had a relationship with someone in their Explorers program. The other had a relationship “with a person of immoral character.” ow.ly/M4Gcd
  • Mt. Juliet, Tennessee: An officer was suspended for falsifying time cards. ow.ly/M4Ihq
  • Greenwood, Mississippi: An officer was suspended after arresting activist who is also a candidate for lieutenant governor. The activist was recording a traffic stop. ow.ly/M51KU

 

 

 

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The Five Deadliest Police States Of 2014

 

 

 

 

” If you had to guess which states had the most per-capita police involved deaths, would you include states like California, Texas, or New York? Or maybe Florida, Missouri, or Washington? Strange as it may seem, although these states do have many police involved deaths, they do not fall within the five deadliest.

  California has a population of approximately 38,802,500. In 2014 there were around 106 killings, which calculates to about 2.73 police related deaths per million residents (PRDPMR). Texas had a population of about 26,956,958, and 53 killings, calculates to about 1.97 PRDPMR. With a population of about 19,746,227 and 19 killings, New York’s rate of deaths from police officers is only 0.96 PRDPMR. Florida’s rate is 2.01 PRDPMR, Missouri’s is 2.14 PRDPMR, and Washington’s is 2.55 PRDPMR.”

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” Six things you can do to reduce the slaughter:

  1. Write letters to your state legislators and city councils demanding that they require police to get trained on de-escalation strategies and less-than-lethal methods, and that police and sheriff’s departments enact stricter rules for using lethal force.
  2. Vote out prosecutors that refuse to charge officers who needlessly take life.
  3. Write your local police chiefs and sheriffs demanding that they hold their officers and deputies to higher standards when it comes to the use of force. Let them know that you will hold them accountable for any loss of life that results from the excessive use of force from members of their agency.
  4. Always keep a video recording device with you, record every police encounter you see.
  5. Email the link to this article to all of your friends.
  6. Visit VictimsofPolice.com and look up the police related deaths that have recently occurred in your state. “

 

Paranoid Texans Grill Army Spokesman On Jade Helm 15 Exercise That’s Sparking Fears Of Military Takeover

” Concerned citizens confronted county and military officials Monday in Texas over the planned Jade Helm 15 training exercise that has ignited fears of a military takeover.

  Elite forces from all four branches of the military will take part in the July 15-Sept. 15 operation in seven states across the southwest, where role players will stand in for hostile and less-hostile forces.

  Residents packed the Bastrop County Commission, where a U.S. Army spokesman answered questions while an overflow crowd watched from downstairs on closed-circuit television.

  Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria tried to assure the crowd that no intelligence would be gathered on non-participants, no property would be confiscated, and no psychological operations would be conducted.

  Participants were torn between their respect for the military and their suspicion of the Obama administration, and they frequently expressed concern that they had not been notified about the exercise until conspiracy theories began circulating on social media.

  The recent closing of five Walmart stores sparked fears that those stores would be converted into detention centers or link to underground tunnels to transport troops.”

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.23.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 23, 2015:

  • Vermont VA Medical Center: An officer was arrested after a road rage incident. She allegedly pointed her gun at another vehicle while driving in Maine. ow.ly/M0IMx
  • Houston, Texas: The department is investigating an accusation that officers illegally searched a business and under-reported the cash seized. The sum of money that was inventoried and returned to the business owner was roughly $23,000 less than the amount the owner claims was taken.  ow.ly/M0Qwd
  • Update: Louisville, Kentucky (First reported 02-04-15): A now-former SRO was indicted for assaulting 13-year-old student at the school where he worked. The incident was caught by surveillance cameras. ow.ly/M0TEn
  • Update: Kansas City, Missouri (First reported 02-20-15): The officer indicted in February for actions in a non-fatal shooting had his charges dropped by the prosecutor. ow.ly/M12q8
  • Lakewood, Washington: A fatal officer-involved shooting was caught on video. A man was hiding in lumber yard before being shot by the officer. Police claim the man reached for his pocket. ow.ly/M1Fph
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with assault and placed on leave. ow.ly/M15FG
  • Harlandale Independent School District (San Antonio, Texas): An officer was arrested for forgery after stealing blank checks from school, writing them out to himself, and then cashing them. ow.ly/M17z0
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Three officers face arrest for separate incidents. The officers are accused of perjury, animal cruelty, and theft of an iPhone from a motorist. ow.ly/M1cjT
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (El Paso, Texas): An agent was arrested for possession of ounces of marijuana. ow.ly/M12ZX
 
 

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Charity Watchdog: Clinton Foundation A ‘Slush Fund’

 

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” The Clinton Foundation’s finances are so messy that the nation’s most influential charity watchdog put it on its “watch list” of problematic nonprofits last month.

  The Clinton family’s mega-charity took in more than $140 million in grants and pledges in 2013 but spent just $9 million on direct aid.

  The group spent the bulk of its windfall on administration, travel, and salaries and bonuses, with the fattest payouts going to family friends.

  On its 2013 tax forms, the most recent available, the foundation claimed it spent $30 million on payroll and employee benefits; $8.7 million in rent and office expenses; $9.2 million on “conferences, conventions and meetings”; $8 million on fund-raising; and nearly $8.5 million on travel. None of the Clintons are on the payroll, but they do enjoy first-class flights paid for by the Foundation.

  In all, the group reported $84.6 million in “functional expenses” on its 2013 tax return and had more than $64 million left over — money the organization has said represents pledges rather than actual cash on hand.

  Some of the tens of millions in administrative costs finance more than 2,000 employees, including aid workers and health professionals around the world.

  But that’s still far below the 75 percent rate of spending that nonprofit experts say a good charity should spend on its mission.

  Charity Navigator, which rates nonprofits, recently refused to rate the Clinton Foundation because its “atypical business model . . . doesn’t meet our criteria.” 

  Charity Navigator put the foundation on its “watch list,” which warns potential donors about investing in problematic charities. The 23 charities on the list include the Rev. Al Sharpton’s troubled National Action Network, which is cited for failing to pay payroll taxes for several years.

  Other nonprofit experts are asking hard questions about the Clinton Foundation’s tax filings in the wake of recent reports that the Clintons traded influence for donations.

“ It seems like the Clinton Foundation operates as a slush fund for the Clintons,” said Bill Allison, a senior fellow at the Sunlight Foundation, a government watchdog group once run by leading progressive Democrat and Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout.”

 

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Fighting For Everyday Americans, And Everyday Uranium-Dealing Kazakhs

 

 

 

” It turns out that, while we were all worrying about the mullahs’ nuclear program, the Clintons’ nuclear program was going gangbusters. Kazakhquiddick dominated the conversation on my weekly chat with Hugh Hewitt:

  HUGH HEWITT: I’m looking at an extraordinary article – Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Press For Control Of Uranium Company. It’s by Jo Becker and Mike McIntire from today’s New York Times. It’s almost unfathomable that Hillary Clinton would consider running for president after this article comes out, but what say you, Mark Steyn?

  MARK STEYN: Yes, I agree. And I like Elizabeth Warren, and I want her to run. And when I say ‘like’, don’t get me wrong – I think she would be a disastrous president for this country, and she would want to turn it into a socialist basket case. But she believes in something, and she wants to do something. And Hillary Clinton is an entirely hollow creation. She is basically just an empty vessel in which the dodgiest characters on the planet pour money in return for favors. And I regret to say her daughter is becoming much the same kind of thing, too. Her daughter’s joined the family on stage with this Kazakh oligarch and all the rest of it. In fairness to Bill Clinton, he likes chasing nymphettes – he’s the only Clinton with a human characteristic…

  HH: Now I don’t want to overstate the complexity, but in a nutshell, Russia has cornered the world uranium market.

  MS: Right.

  HH: They have done so through acquiring huge uranium resources in Canada and the United State subject to review by the State Department was given, and Bill Clinton pocketed a half million along the way, and the foundation picked up two and a half million bucks from interested parties…

  I think I’ve mentioned before that, for a while, the US Department of Labor used to call up my assistant once a year and demand to know whether we “worked with uranium”. And once in a while they’d insist on speaking to me personally and I’d say, “Hmm. Let me have a think on that. Did we use any uranium in my Christmas disco single? No, wait, that was bongos…”

  And, when they’d gone away, I used occasionally to wonder how many American businesses the vast federal bureaucracy had to harass before they got a positive response to that question. But it turns out that, if the Department of Labor were to call up the Clinton Foundation, which Hill’s impressionable rubes seem to think is something to do with reducing diarrhea outbreaks in Africa, and ask them, “Do you work with uranium?”, the answer is yes.”

 

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