Category: Civil Liberties


Casey: Not-Pot Leaf Gets 6th-Grader In Big Trouble

 

 

 

” At first blush it sounds like an open-and-shut school disciplinary matter in a zero-tolerance age:

  Some schoolchildren claim another student bragged about having marijuana. They inform school administrators. An assistant principal finds a leaf and a lighter in the boy’s knapsack. The student is suspended for a year. A sheriff’s deputy files marijuana possession charges in juvenile court.

  All of the above and more happened last September to the 11-year-old son of Bedford County residents Bruce and Linda Bays. He was a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School.

  There was only one problem: Months after the fact, the couple learned the substance wasn’t marijuana. A prosecutor dropped the juvenile court charge because the leaf had field-tested negative three times.

  Their son remains out of school — he’s due to return Monday on strict probation. But in the meantime, the events of the past six months have wreaked havoc on the formerly happy-go-lucky boy’s psyche. His parents say he’s withdrawn socially, and is now under the care of a pediatric psychiatrist for panic attacks and depression.

  The couple — both are schoolteachers — have filed a federal lawsuit against Bedford County Schools and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office. It refers to their son only by the initials R.M.B.”

 

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Birmingham 1 Of 6 Pilot Sites In Federal Effort To Restore Police, Community Relations

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Birmingham has been chosen as one of six cities nationwide to serve as a pilot site for a national initiative on restoring relationships between law enforcement and citizens.

  Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement today. The $4.7 million National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice was announced in April and is a partnership between federal officials and criminal justice experts focused on providing training, policy and research to address distrust between citizens and law enforcement.

  The other pilot cities are: Ft. Worth, Gary, Indiana, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Stockton. The initiative comes after several high profile fatal police-involved shootings.”

 

 

    This can only end badly . Considering that the Justice department does not exactly inspire faith in government how is it’s attempt to co-opt the police forces of numerous cities going to restore faith in law enforcement ? It’s just one more step towards the nationalization of police . Read more here 

  A message to the citizens of the FIRST six cities to fall under federal control; if you think your local PD is unresponsive to your pleas and that increasing the bureaucracy with a federal level of “supervision” will help , then you really have not been paying attention these last few years . You , and the rest of us , will rue the day that the Feds take over your law enforcement duties .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mysterious Spy Cameras Collecting Data At Post Offices In Colorado

 

 

 

 

” Within an hour of a KDVR reporter discovering a hidden camera, which was positioned to capture and record the license plates and facial features of customers leaving a Denver post office, the device was ripped from the ground and disappeared.

  Investigative reporter Chris Halsne confirmed the hidden camera and recorder is owned and operated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement branch of the U.S. Postal Service.

  The recording device appeared to be tripped by any vehicle leaving the property on Johnson Road, but the lens was not positioned to capture images of the front door, employee entrance, or loading dock areas of the post office.

  A customer first noticed the data collection device, hidden inside a utilities box, around Thanksgiving 2014. It stayed in place, taking photos through the busy Christmas holidays and into mid-January.”

 

 

    While the Postal Service tried to maintain that the surveillance was just a “routine security measure” privacy groups see it a bit differently , and rightly so …

 

 

” Lee Tien, an attorney for the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, says more and more federal agencies are getting away with conducting surveillance and collecting personal data of citizens without a warrant signed by a judge.

“ Part of being a responsible, constitutional government is explaining why it is doing surveillance on its citizens,” Lee told Halsne. “The government should not be collecting this kind of sensitive information. And it is sensitive! It`s about your relationships, your associations with other people, which can be friendship or political or religious. The idea that we give up that privacy simply because we use the U.S. mail is, I think, a silly idea.” “

 

 

     As if the Postal Service wasn’t endangered enough , now they are actively driving their ever-dwindling customer base further into the arms of private delivery services by spying on them … Read it all and head to your nearest UPs/Fedex office to send your mail .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The FAA Says You Can’t Post Drone Videos On YouTube

 

 

 

 

 

 

” If you fly a drone and post footage on YouTube, you could end up with a letter from the Federal Aviation Administration.

  Earlier this week, the agency sent a legal notice to Jayson Hanes, a Tampa-based drone hobbyist who has been posting drone-shot videos online for roughly the last year. 

  The FAA said that, because there are ads on YouTube, Hanes’s flights constituted a commercial use of the technology subject to stricter regulations and enforcement action from the agency. It said that if he did not stop flying “commercially,” he could be subject to fines or sanctions.

” This office has received a complaint regarding your use of an unmanned aerial vehicle (aka drone) for commercial purposes referencing your video on the website youtube.com as evidence,” the letter reads. “After a review of your website, it does appear that the complaint is valid.” “

  The hobby use of drones and other model aircraft has never been regulated by the FAA, but the agency has been adamant about making a distinction between hobby and commercial use, which has led to much confusion over the last couple years.

  Where, exactly, does commercial use begin and hobby use end, for instance? If you fly for fun, but happen to sell your footage later, were you flying for a “commercial purpose?” What if you give it to a news organization that runs it on a television station that has ads on it? What if you upload it to YouTube and Google happens to put an ad on it? What if you decide to put an ad on it?

  The letter makes clear that at least some in the FAA (this one was sent by Michael Singleton, an aviation safety inspector in the FAA’s Tampa office) take a very wide view of what is “commercial.” “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Roundup 03.11.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 11, 2015:

  • Update: Graysville, Tennessee: The police chief facing charges of misconduct has been fired…again. According to the news report, he still awaits trial on “seven counts of official misconduct and three counts of theft stemming from nearly $4,000 in cash that went missing after a July 2013 drug bust.” He was laid off after his indictment, but subsequently reinstated before this second firing.
  • Essex County, New Jersey: An officer was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in her home. ow.ly/Kajqc
  • Sibley County, Minnesota: The Town of Gaylord and the County each settled their part of a lawsuit for $20,000. The plaintiff claimed unlawful detention and illegal search. The suit also claimed the incident was a result of a pattern of racial profiling. ow.ly/KakQA
  • Binghamton, New York: An officer was suspended for misconduct after she left the scene of a crash. A witness reported that the officer hit his parked car and, when he talked to her, he noticed alcohol on her breath. ow.ly/KanIh
  • State of New Jersey Human Services Police: A now-former captain avoided a mandatory prison sentence and was instead given probation for abusing FBI and police databases. ow.ly/Kaqqz
  • Coconut Creek, Florida: The police department has remained silent about a man who died in their custody, citing the federal law known as HIPAA. One critic was quoted in the news report saying, ““[The police] are misinterpreting and misapplying an exemption for complaints of misconduct to cover up what led to the Tasering and ultimate death of a human being.” ow.ly/KatRT
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico: An officer was fired while under investigation for domestic violence. ow.ly/Kat3E
  • Update: Norwalk, Connecticut (First reported 10-03-09): An officer who had been suspended for the past five years for inappropriately touching his friend’s daughter has been fired. ow.ly/KcLww
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.06.15 To 03.08.15

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, March 6 through Monday, March 8, 2015:

  • Update: Orange Beach, Alabama (First reported 08-05-14): An officer was indicted on two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old. http://ow.ly/K5asw
  • Update: San Antonio, Texas (First reported 07-08-13): The officer who held his family at gunpoint and had a standoff with police has been fired. However, due to his plea arrangement, he was allowed to keep his state law enforcement license. http://ow.ly/K5b0q
  • Jackson County, Mississippi: A deputy was fired after audio was released of him threatening another player in a video game chat. The argument got personal, and the now-former deputy told the other player his real name and home address when it escalated to threats of violence, saying “I get paid to beat-up n*****s like you.” http://ow.ly/K607I
  • Pasco County, Florida: A deputy was fired and arrested after sending photos of a suicide scene to his ex-girlfriend via cell phone. http://ow.ly/K62x8
  • Signal Hill, California: A now-former officer was charged with excessive force and assault with a firearm, stemming from an alleged road rage incident last year. http://ow.ly/K64n9
  • York & Chester, South Carolina: Two officers from separate departments were arrested for abusing their three-month-old child. The child was admitted to the hospital with neck and brain injuries.  http://ow.ly/K663R
  • Rochester, New York: A sergeant was charged with hit & run after hitting a 52-year-old woman with his automobile. She was treated and released from care. http://ow.ly/K67V1
  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol: A now-former agent stationed in Brownsville, Texas pled guilty to conspiracy for knowingly allowing drugs to cross the U.S./Mexico border. He took no plea deal and thus faces a minimum of 10 years up to life imprisonment. http://ow.ly/K691Y
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.06.15

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

 

” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, March 6, 2015:

  • New York, New York: A Sunset Park man had charges for assaulting a police officer dropped after video showed he was assaulted by police officers for filming them. His attorney said, “Basically, my client was a victim of a gang assault by the 72nd Precinct…Five officers slammed him against the gate of a closed store. Batons came down on his head.” This is the second assault against a 72nd Precinct officer thrown out recently after video showed officers engage in unprovoked violence.  ow.ly/JZCOx
  • Memphis, Tennessee: An officer was shown on video possibly using excessive force during a traffic stop and arrest. ow.ly/K137h
  • Update: Memphis, Tennessee (First reported 01-06-15): The officer who got into a bar fight on Christmas Eve has been fired. ow.ly/K1dBz
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A labor arbitrator ordered the City to re-hire an officer who was fired for sexting and kissing crime victims. ow.ly/K1kSy
  • Putnam County, New York: A now-former investigator was indicted for misconduct and attempted assault. He allegedly abused a jail inmate.ow.ly/K1g6C
  • Update: Greece, New York (First reported 09-11-09): The Town settled with two women who were coerced into having sex with a now-former police officer. ow.ly/K1lWg
  • Syracuse, New York: An officer was suspended for having sex with a woman who called police for a welfare check on her daughter. ow.ly/K1nLR
  • Jackson, Mississippi: Two officers were arrested and fired for stealing two trailers from a local business. ow.ly/K1UUL
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.05.15

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, March 5, 2015:

  • Alton, Illinois: An officer was suspended for improperly disposing of forensic evidence. The evidence included 12 lbs. of marijuana, some crack cocaine, and firearms. He has filed suit to be reinstated or receive pay while on leave. ow.ly/JXY9D
  • Fort Worth, Texas: An officer was arrested for DWI after he was involved in a one-car accident. The 28-year-old officer previously pled guilty to public intoxication after crashing his SUV and abandoning it on railroad tracks.  http://ow.ly/JY2Bn
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: An officer arrested a man for recording police and he is now suing for false arrest. The judge threw out his free speech claim, despite a growing consensus of a First Amendment right to record police in both state and federal judiciaries. The city solicitor said in his opening statement, “Like many other college students, [the plaintiff] has some very high-minded ideas about government, the role of government in interactions with its citizenry and the role of the media in observing those interactions.”  http://ow.ly/JY5eZ
  • St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana: A detective resigned after his arrest for domestic violence and battery against a police officer. http://ow.ly/JY75I
  • Elgin, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for exploitation of a child.http://ow.ly/JY8AO
  • Volusia County, Florida: A deputy fatally shot an unarmed man in the face during a drug raid. http://ow.ly/JYcDN
  • North Port, Florida: An officer was arrested for battering his fiancée. http://ow.ly/JYgMM
  • Palm Beach County, Florida: An officer was arrested for his participation in a bar fight while he was off duty. ow.ly/JYt72
 
 

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Put CCTV In Every Home: Householders Should Help Us Trap Burglars, Says Scotland Yard Chief

 

 

 

 

” Homeowners should consider fitting CCTV to trap burglars, the country’s most senior police officer declared yesterday.

  Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said police forces needed more crime scene footage to match against their 12million images of suspects and offenders.

  And he called on families and businesses to install cameras at eye level – to exploit advances in facial recognition technology.

  But privacy campaigners condemned the Metropolitan Police Commissioner’s suggestion.

‘ The proposals on increasing the amount of privately owned CCTV cameras are quite frankly Orwellian and risk turning members of the public into an extension of the police,’ said Renate Samson of Big Brother Watch.

‘ Private CCTV is completely unregulated. Recommending greater use of CCTV to gather more images of people’s faces – often innocent people’s faces – undermines the security of each and every one of us.’

  She pointed out that a House of Commons committee had on Saturday released a report on the problems with facial recognition.”

Thus Britain nears the endgame of civilian disarmament and total dependence on the State … Read the rest .

Police Tapes: Officers Told Of Battery Involving Tony Robinson Before Shooting

 

 

 

 

 

” The Friday evening police call that would end with a white officer fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager, sparking heated protests and pained conversations across Madison, started with a report of a man on Williamson Street “yelling and jumping in front of cars.”

  Police radio transmissions from Friday night, archived and later posted online, start with dispatchers sending officers to 1125 Williamson St.”

Here is the complete police scanner audio regarding the Robinson shooting …

” With police on the way, a dispatcher tells the officers that the man is named Tony Robinson, and that callers have said he hit and tried to strangle someone inside the Williamson Street house.

  Less than 20 seconds after an officer radios that he is going into an upstairs apartment, there is a call for shots fired.

  In those seconds, police say Robinson, 19, of Madison, and Officer Matt Kenny, 45, who has been with the department more than 12 years, struggled inside the apartment before Kenny fatally shot Robinson. Kenny was injured in the altercation, police said.

  Authorities Saturday declined to answer many questions about what happened between Kenny and Robinson. Madison police said the release of that information will be up to the state Division of Criminal Investigation, which is leading the inquiry into the shooting as part of a state law requiring outside investigation of all officer-involved deaths.

  Chief Mike Koval on Saturday confirmed reports from protesters and Robinson’s family members that the teen was unarmed when he was killed, and acknowledged that fact has driven much of the outcry following the shooting.

“ He was unarmed,” Koval said, “and that’s going to make this all the more complicated … for the public to accept, to understand and to wait patiently for what other circumstances, if any, were there … such that deadly force had to be used.” “

Read more at the Wisconsin State Journal

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Man Acquitted Of Crime, Cops Still Take His Cash

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Iowa State troopers can keep more than $30,000 in cash taken during a traffic stop, even though the owner was found not guilty, the Iowa Court of Appeals ruled last week.

  In June 2012, Robert Pardee was riding in a car through Powesheik County, Iowa on I-80, when an Iowa State trooper pulled the driver over for a non-working taillight and tailgating. During the stop, state troopers found “a small amount of marijuana” and $33,100 in cash. Pardee was arrested and charged with possessing cannabis. In Iowa, first-time offenders can face up to six months in jail and/or $1,000 in fines.

  One year later, a district court found him not guilty. As the criminal case proceeded against Pardee, the state also filed a civil forfeiture case against his seized cash. Despite his acquittal, first the district court and then the Iowa Court of Appeals ordered Pardee to forfeit his cash to the state.

  Unlike criminal forfeiture, which does require a conviction to take the ill-gotten gains from criminals, civil forfeiture lets law enforcement seize and keep property from people without a criminal conviction, or even without filing charges.

  Since civil forfeiture cases proceed in civil court, the state has to meet a far lower burden of proof to win. While criminal cases require proving “beyond a reasonable doubt,” for civil forfeiture in Iowa, the government need only show by a “preponderance of the evidence,” or “more likely than not,” that property was used to help facilitate a crime or are the proceeds of crime.”

 

 

    Could anything possibly be more unAmerican than “civil” asset forfeiture ? It is nothing more that legalized theft and constitutes an arbitrary abuse of power , totally ignores the rule of law and demonstrates beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are well on our way to tyranny . The Founders must be rolling in their graves .

Surely this case deserves to be taken all the way to the Supreme Court … Read the rest at Forbes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheriff’s Office: Man Shot In Face By Volusia Deputy Was Unarmed

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A Volusia County deputy is under investigation after shooting an unarmed man in the face and killing him while trying to serve a narcotics search warrant at a home in Deltona.

  Derek Cruice, 26, was inside a home on Maybrook Drive, when a narcotics task force showed up with a warrant around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

  The sheriff’s office said Todd Raible, a SWAT team member who was working as a narcotics investigator, fired his weapon at Cruice after his actions caused the deputy to perceive a threat.

” They were met with resistance and a shooting incurred,” Johnson said.

  Some of the other people inside the home contradicted Johnson’s account that task force members were met with resistance. Matthew Grady, 24, said he opened the door for deputies when the shooting happened. He claimed there was never any resistance.

” There’s a couple of seconds between opening the door, walking out, getting to my knee, and halfway out there’s gunfire,” Grady said. “I look back as the guy’s grabbing me, and my friend is dead or dying.”

  The sheriff’s office said investigators recovered approximately 217 grams of marijuana during a search of the house, along with a scale, drug ledger, pipes, plastic bags and nearly $3,000 in cash.”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.04.15

 

 

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” Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, March 4, 2015:

  • Columbus, Ohio: An officer was arrested for drunk driving after a police chase. http://ow.ly/JTeBt
  • Kenosha, Wisconsin: A now-former officer testified at a criminal trial that he planted evidence—an identification card and a bullet—in a backpack that was seized during a homicide and robbery investigation. He resigned when an investigation was launched into his conduct. Making matters worse, the defense attorney claims the prosecutor’s office did not reveal the potentially exonerating information until days into the trial. ow.ly/JVocA
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 02-05-15): An officer was charged with multiple assault and endangerment charges. She was assigned to a middle school and got into a violent altercation with three female students. http://ow.ly/JTgLA
  • St. Louis County, Missouri: An officer was charged with felony theft for moonlighting during his shift. He claimed to be working for the County when he was working as a private security guard and collected $6,000 in inappropriate pay. http://ow.ly/JThTH
  • Update: Washington Township, New Jersey (First reported 05-01-14): The officer who was accused of falsification and misconduct for a bad DUI arrest of assemblyman was acquitted. http://ow.ly/JTiMW
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for misdemeanor solicitation. http://ow.ly/JTlGe
  • Dothan, Alabama: An officer was charged with multiple counts of identity theft and fraud. He was asked to resign after his arrest. ow.ly/JVXTS
 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 03.03.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, March 3, 2015:

  • Greenville County, South Carolina: A deputy was charged with selling police information to an illicit gambling operation. http://ow.ly/JPZHF
  • Pickens County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired for inappropriate use of force. He twice Tasered a 65-year-old wheelchair-bound man and also threw him out of the wheelchair. http://ow.ly/JQ1Yy
  • Lansing, Michigan: A federal judge threw out an excessive force civil claim against the city but allowed the case to proceed against the officer involved in the case. The plaintiff’s 17-year-old daughter broke into a bank and was apprehended by the officer and two others present. The suspect was shot in the stomach after producing a sharp object. However, the plaintiff alleges that her daughter had already surrendered and was on her knees when the officer fatally shot the suspect in the head. The prosecutor had previously ruled the shooting justified. http://ow.ly/JQ7jM
  • Put-in-Bay, Ohio: The police chief was charged with aggravated menacing, dereliction of duty, and falsification. http://ow.ly/JQw8D
  • Orient, Illinois: The police chief brandished his weapon at bars twice in one night. He has been charged with intimidation and official misconduct. ow.ly/JSHxD
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer is accused of performing a lewd act and solicitation of a minor. He allegedly picked up a teen on the way to school and masturbated while she was in the car. http://ow.ly/JT8af
  • Ottawa, Kansas: An officer was arrested for DUI after crashing his truck into a utility pole while off duty. http://ow.ly/JSGgP
  • Hawaii Island, Hawaii: An officer was arrested for negligent homicide after fatally striking a bicyclist with his car on a narrow roadway.http://ow.ly/JT9Eh
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan: An officer was charged with home invasion and sexual assault of his ex-girlfriend in Wyoming. He resigned upon his arrest.http://ow.ly/JTbSh
 
 

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Gun Group: We’ll Pay $15K For Your Carbon Fiber 3-D Printer

 

 

 

 

 

” The age of 3-D printing in carbon fiber has hardly arrived. But the controversy over 3-D printing carbon fiber guns is well under way.

  Starting in the second half of last year, 3-D printing startup MarkForged has been shipping the Mark One, a device it advertises as the world’s first 3-D printer that prints carbon fiber; The Mark One digitally fabricate objects in a material as light as plastic and as strong by some measures as aluminum. But one group isn’t about to receive its Mark One order: Defense Distributed, the non-profit political group that invented the first fully 3-D printed gun nearly two years ago.1″

 

 

     As loathe as we are to provide these anti-liberty people with any publicity , we thought that our readers deserved to meet the staff of this anti-free trade business . The below video introduces you to the company founder Greg Mark and the rest of his staff . It should come as no surprise that the company is based in the “People’s Republic” of Massachusetts .

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson says he pre-ordered the Mark One about a year ago for $8,000, but was told last Friday in a phone call with a MarkForged salesman that the company refuses to sell him one, citing terms of service that disallow private citizens from using the machine to make firearms. So instead, Wilson is offering what he describes as a “bounty” to anyone who can get him MarkForged’s new carbon fiber printer.

“ Anyone who’s got access to one, any reseller, any individual or business or entity that can deliver it to me, I will give them fifteen grand,” says Wilson, who has also released a YouTube video advertising his offer. “I’m going to get this printer. I’m going to make a gun with it. And I’m going to make sure everyone knows it was made with a MarkForged printer.” “

 

   Read more at Wired and if you find MarkForged’s discriminatory policy as objectionable as we do you can let them know it here .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.28.15 To 03.02.15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, February 28 through Monday, March 2, 2015:

  • Red Bank, Tennessee: A grand jury will examine an officer’s actions during a forceful arrest. The internal investigation cleared him of wrongdoing, but the prosecutor referred the case to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The incident was caught on video but was not initially released by the Red Bank Police Department. The prosecutor decided to present the case to the grand jury after reviewing the report from the “months-long” investigation by the TBI. According to the news report, the officer punched the suspect “in the arm and face while other officers held him down, stun-gunned him and tried to handcuff him. The encounter left [the suspect] with a swollen-shut eye, a fractured eye socket and cuts and bruises on his face.”  ow.ly/JOSZ9
  • Washington Parish, Louisiana: A disabled veteran on a fixed income will not go to prison after a video proved his alleged battery of a police officer never happened. The veteran acted as a process server to deliver notice of a police brutality lawsuit to a police officer. Although the handoff went smoothly enough, he was accosted by the served officer’s companions, who were also officers. He was later pulled over and arrested for battery against the officer. Because of a prior cocaine conviction, the veteran faced up to 80 years as a multiple offender. The officers swore depositions that he assaulted the served officer. But the veteran had members of his family use their cellphones to record the delivery of the envelope to the officer. Charges were quickly dropped against him when the video was brought to light. However, the veteran had already spent almost a year in jail. A federal lawsuit is pending. ow.ly/JP3ER
  • Miami Gardens, Florida: The police chief was arrested and fired after being caught in prostitution sting. http://ow.ly/JPeJS
  • Los Angeles, California:  Officers fatally shot a homeless man after a scuffle on Skid Row. A bystander’s cell-phone footage and nearby surveillance video have been released, but police body cam footage is currently being withheld.  http://ow.ly/JPkDJ
  • Denver, Colorado: An officer with 40 citizen complaints against him was taken off patrol duty. Despite previous civil lawsuits for his behavior costing the City more than $1,000,000 in settlements, this suspension is his first discipline. http://ow.ly/JPUBV
  • Update: Shreveport, Louisiana (First reported 02-13-15): An officer was fired for violation of department policies. http://ow.ly/JPrFV
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy dragged mentally ill woman through a courthouse hallway. http://ow.ly/JPqPI
  • San Francisco, California: An officer was shown on video beating homeless man with a baton after an argument on a city bus. http://ow.ly/JPH38
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer’s case ends in a mistrial. The officer was shown on video kicking and shoving suspect who later died in custody. http://ow.ly/JPTew
 
 

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Charges Crumble After Cell Phone Video Uncovered

 

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” One of the worst days of Douglas Dendinger’s life began with him handing an envelope to a police officer.

  In order to help out his family and earn a quick $50, Dendinger agreed to act as a process server, giving a brutality lawsuit filed by his nephew to Chad Cassard as the former Bogalusa police officer exited the Washington Parish Courthouse.

  The handoff went smoothly, but Dendinger said the reaction from Cassard, and a group of officers and attorneys clustered around him, turned his life upside down.

” It was like sticking a stick in a bee’s nest.” Dendinger, 47, recalled. “They started cursing me. They threw the summons at me. Right at my face, but it fell short. Vulgarities. I just didn’t know what to think. I was a little shocked.”

  Not knowing what to make of the blow-up, a puzzled Dendinger drove home. That’s where things went from bad to worse.

” Within about 20 minutes, there were these bright lights shining through my windows. It was like, ‘Oh my God.’ I mean I knew immediately, a police car.”

” And that’s when the nightmare started,” he said. “I was arrested.” “

 

 

    Read the whole story as no less than seven public officials including the the Sheriff , cops and prosecutors all conspired to protect one of their own by falsely jailing an innocent man . Disgusting 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These ‘Privacy Glasses’ Make You Invisible To Facial Recognition

 

 

 

” You’re going out with friends mid-week, and you don’t want the boss/significant other/parole officer to find out. But it’s a birthday celebration, and Facebook’s auto-tagging the pictures your buddies upload like a dirty snitch. The first piece of advice: never “friend” your parole officer. The second? Maybe grab a pair of these “privacy” glasses from software security firm AVG. You, of course, can see my visage above, but AVG claims the technology in the specs means facial recognition software (like that of Facebook) will not.

  How does it work? “

 

EnGadget explains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 02.27.15

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

 

” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, February 27, 2015:

  • Update: San Francisco, California (First reported 03-05-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 3.4 years in prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine for his role in robbing hotel guests during a drug raid. http://ow.ly/JHq9F
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for making or maintaining false public records and theft over $1,500.  http://ow.ly/JHre5
  • Denver, Colorado: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and 3rd-degree assault. http://ow.ly/JHs0L
  • Monroe, Michigan: An officer was arrested for DUI. http://ow.ly/JHsYj
  • Firebaugh, California: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. He claims he was breaking up a fight between two women that left one woman with a bloody nose. http://ow.ly/JHtQg
  • Winslow Township, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to falsely reporting he was fired upon. He shot his own car. As a result of the plea deal, he will be forbidden to hold public office and must forfeit the personal firearm he used in the incident.  http://ow.ly/JHuQQ
  • Sweetwater, Florida: An officer was arrested for public corruption. He allegedly used a stolen license plate to avoid paying tolls via EZ Pass. ow.ly/JKfh1
  • Detroit, Michigan: An officer was arrested for carrying her firearm while she was intoxicated. ow.ly/JJZtp
  • Alexandria, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for carnal knowledge of a juvenile. http://ow.ly/JKhX6
 
 

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Texas Town Sees 61% Drop In Crime After Kicking Out Cops

 

 

 

 

” Rather than degenerate into a lawless land where criminals rule the streets, a Texas town that fired its entire police department has seen a 61% decrease is crime.

  In 2012, Sharpstown, a community of 66,000 located just southwest of Houston, declined to renew its contract with the constable’s office, essentially dismissing its cops.

  Instead, the Sharpstown Civic Association hired SEAL Security Solutions, a private firm, to patrol their streets.

“ Since we’ve been in there, an independent crime study that they’ve had done [indicates] we’ve reduced the crime by 61% in just 20 months,” James Alexander, Director of Operations for SEAL, told guns.com”

 

 

The most surprising thing about this article were these revelations:

 

 

Not only has SEAL been more successful at preventing crime in Sharpstown than traditional law enforcement, they are cheaper. Sharpstown is saving $200,000 per year over their previous contract with the constable, and they get more patrol officers for less money, guns.com reported.

  So far, more than 70 communities in Harris County, where Sharpstown is located, have contracted with SEAL, according to guns.com.”

 

 

   Read the rest and note this Washington Post article of a few days ago that also highlights the rise of private police forces , albeit with the much more Statist attitude typical of that democratic mouthpiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Border Agent Brian Terry Statue Unveiling Ignored By Obama And Holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The unveiling of a new statue built to memorialize the murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on Saturday at the Homeland Security Department’s Brian Terry Border Patrol Station in Bisbee, Arizona, received minimal news coverage by the nation’s media except for the Fox News Channel, a news agency maligned and denigrated by President Barack Obama and his administration. In fact, no official from the Obama government attended the event and the sycophants in the legacy media made certain not to cover the story.

” That iconic image of Brian carrying his BordTac team member on his shoulders represents everything good about Brian, his strength, his determination, his attention to detail, his love for the Border Patrol and his love for his fellow agents,” Terry’s cousin, Robert Heyer, told FNC’s anchor Arthel Neville while standing next to the image of the hero cop.

  One police official noted that while President Obama made certain to appear with illegal aliens, promising them that he would punish any immigration enforcement agents or officers who did not follow his anti-deportation policy, he appeared to be indifferent to the deaths of law enforcement officers killed by illegal aliens or foreign gangs. “This is a leader who regularly disrespects law enforcement officers while being concerned about the treatment of terrorists, criminal aliens and lawbreakers,” said police officer Anna Colon.”

 

 

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Tamir Rice ‘Directly And Proximately’ Responsible For Own Police Shooting Death, Says City

 

 

 

 

 

” The death of Tamir Rice was “directly and proximately” caused by the 12-year-old’s own actions, the city of Cleveland has argued in a defense document following a civil claim from the boy’s family. Rice was shot dead by a police officer last November.

  When he was shot, Rice was holding a toy gun which police mistook for a real firearm. The incident sparked widespread criticism that officer Timothy Loehmann, who killed Rice, employed a drastic overuse of force.

  The city of Cleveland’s defense, filed with the US district court on Friday, argues that both Rice and members of his family are to blame for any damages, injuries and losses arising from the incident. The argument lists 20 lines of defense, including that Rice did not “exercise due care to avoid injury” and that members of his family, including his mother and teenage sister, who have lodged the claim, sustained damages “caused by their own acts”. “

 

 

   Read more on the city of Cleveland’s attempt to excuse their police officer’s wanton killing of Tamir Rice by blaming the victim at the Guardian and in case you’ve missed it you can catch on the horrifying execution and it’s aftermath by reading our previous posts here , here and here .

   Be sure to watch the above video and see the young man gunned down before the police car is even brought to a stop and bear in mind that the city medical examiner ruled the shooting a homicide .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feds Raid Texas Political Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” In a deliberate “show of force,” federal and local police forces raided a political meeting in Texas, fingerprinting and photographing all attendees as well as confiscating all cell phones and personal recording devices.

  Members of the Republic of Texas, a secession movement dedicated to restoring Texas as an independent constitutional republic, had gathered Feb. 14 in a Bryan, Texas, meeting hall along with public onlookers. They were debating issues of currency, international relations and celebrating the birthday of one of their oldest members. The group, which describes itself as “congenial and unimposing,” maintains a small working government, including official currency, congress and courts.

  According to MySanAntonio.com: “Minutes into the meeting a man among the onlookers stood and moved to open the hall door, letting in an armed and armored force of the Bryan Police Department, the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office, agents of the Texas district attorney, the Texas Rangers and the FBI.

“ In the end, at least 20 officers corralled, searched and fingerprinted all 60 meeting attendees, before seizing all cellphones and recording equipment in a Valentine’s Day 2015 raid on the Texas separatist group.” “

 

 

WorldNetDaily has the story of the crushing of political dissent by the State

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAPD Fatal Shooting Of Man Caught On Tape

 

 

 

” Authorities said Sunday night that Los Angeles police fatally shot a man on skid row during a struggle over an officer’s weapons.

  Police officials offered a detailed account of what they say prompted the Sunday morning shooting, which was captured on video by a bystander.

  Cmdr. Andrew Smith said officers assigned to the LAPD’s Central Division and Safer Cities Initiative — a task force focused on skid row — responded to the location about noon Sunday after receiving a 911 call reporting a possible robbery.

  Smith said the officers approached the man and made contact with him, at which point he “began fighting and physically resisting the officers.” The officers attempted to take him into custody and at one point, attempted to use a Taser that Smith said was “ineffective.”

  The man continued to resist police, Smith said, and the man and some of the officers fell to the ground.

” At some point in there, a struggle over one of the officer’s weapons occurred,” Smith said. “At that point an officer-involved shooting happened.”

  Two officers and a sergeant fired at the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene, Smith said. It was unclear how many times the officers fired, although at least five shots can be heard on the video recording that captured the shooting.

  No other gun was recovered at the scene, Smith said. It was unclear if the man had any other weapons among his possessions — investigators were still combing the scene late Sunday night.

  The man has been tentatively identified, but Smith said it was unclear if he was homeless.”

 

LA Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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