Category: Constitution


Video Allegedly Shows Pittsburgh Officers Beating, Restraining Man At Halfway House

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Investigators who looked into a video of Pittsburgh police beating a man at the Renewal Halfway House last August said Monday that the level of force appeared to be justified.

  However, the victim continues to argue that he was brutally beaten for no reason. 

  Security video (WATCH ABOVE) obtained first by Target 11 allegedly shows two city police officers approaching a Renewal Halfway House resident, pushing him up against a wall and then hitting him multiple times with a retractable baton.

“ It’s an assault by these officers of the law, and it’s disgusting,” said attorney Scott Wescott, who represents the resident, Lonnie Jenkins.”

 

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Mayor Calls 911 To Report A Robbery, Police Show Up, Beat and Arrest Her

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Theda Wilson, the former mayor of a Missouri town says that she was assaulted by police after she called 911 to report a burglary in her apartment complex.

  “In the back of my apartment I called 9-1-1 thinking they were going to help,” Wilson said.

  Unfortunately, “help” is rarely what actually arrives when the police are called, as Wilson soon found out.

  As the police arrived, Wilson approached them and let them know that a suspicious person was seen going in and out of a nearby building. That is when police told her that she was under arrest, and instead of explaining anything they moved to physically apprehend her.

  Naturally, not knowing why she was being arrested she resisted their physical contact and was assaulted as a result. After the scuffle Wilson took photos of bruises on her face and arms.

  An eyewitness said, “The three officers wrestled her to the ground. That did not need to happen.”

  Wilson was taken to a nearby hospital in an ambulance and treated her for the injuries inflicted during the scuffle. Although Wilson was not taken to prison, she was formally arrested and released on her own recognizance from the hospital.

  Captain Dan Clyne of the Bel-Ridge Police Department told reporters that the police officers did what they had to do to get handcuffs on her, and that he was told that she was resisting arrest. However, they should need an actual reason to arrest someone before they charge them with resisting arrest.”

 

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D.C. Grants First Concealed Carry Permits, Ending Decades-Long Prohibition

 

 

 

” The Metropolitan Police Department has granted its first concealed carry permits, effectively ending the longstanding ban on carrying handguns in public that was deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge last year.

  According to an MPD official, eight concealed carry permits have been granted and 11 denied since the department started accepting permit applications in late October. Since then, 69 people applied for the permits, though three were cancelled at the request of the applicant. Of the 66 completed applications, 34 were filed by D.C. residents and 32 by non-residents.

  Last July, Judge Frederick Scullin ruled that the city’s ban on carrying handguns — which had been in effect for 40 years — was an unconstitutional infringement on the Second Amendment. It followed a 2008 Supreme Court ruling that overturned the city’s ban on handgun ownership; since then, over 3,000 handguns have been registered for use in the home.

  Scullin stayed his ruling for 90 days, giving the D.C. Council time to draft and approve emergency legislation allowing residents and non-residents alike to apply for concealed carry permits. A permanent version of the bill was approved in December

The city’s rules also restrict where a gun-owner can carry their gun. Public transportation, schools, government buildings, bars, stadiums, and hospitals are off limits, as are protests and an area around the White House. Individuals carrying handguns also have to remain 1,000 feet away from U.S. or foreign dignitaries.

  After an application is filed, MPD has 90 days to accept or reject it. City rules prohibit the department from releasing any specific information on the applicants or the reasons they cite in their applications, but one official with knowledge of the permitting process said that some of the applicants who were rejected simply cited the Second Amendment as a reason for requesting a concealed carry permit.”

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.24.15 To 01.26.15

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

 

” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked from Saturday, January 24 through Monday, January 26, 2015:

  • New York, New York: Two undercover narcotics officers are under investigation for an illegal stop and excessive force against a decorated Marine veteran. The officers allegedly jumped out of a blue van and ordered the veteran, lunching in his car, to get out of his car and forcefully pulled him out of it. When he asked for identification to prove they were police officers, the veteran says he was punched in the face. Two of the veteran’s brothers are police officers in the NYPD.   ow.ly/HWvKM
  • Niles, Illinois: A retired officer is facing trial for theft and misconduct charges from 2010. If convicted of crimes committed while he was an active duty officer, he would lose his pension in addition to whatever sentence he received. ow.ly/HWuoZ
  • Bayonne, New Jersey: An officer was arrested at his home. The FBI had been investigating brutality charges against the officer. The officer “stormed into” the victim’s home where he and his colleagues pepper sprayed the victim and his mother.  According to the  news report,  the lawsuit alleges that the victim was beaten with a “flashlight or other blunt instrument” that caused “permanent injury or disfigurement” after he had been handcuffed.  ow.ly/HWtxY
  • Walsenburg, Colorado: A now-former officer was sentenced to five years in prison for aiding her husband to possess heroin for distribution.ow.ly/HXCg6
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was suspended after a one-car accident in his police vehicle while off-duty. He was charged with DUI.  ow.ly/HXFcw
  • Dallas, Texas: A corporal was arrested for driving while intoxicated.ow.ly/HXIRM
  • Hightstown, New Jersey: A officer escaped criminal charges but faces disciplinary action for having sex while on duty. ow.ly/HXRQ7
  • Sacramento County, California: The sheriff’s department is being sued for unlawful arrest and excessive force. Responding to a noise complaint, a deputy approached a man at the residence from behind and shoved him into a trash can. The man was arrested for public drunkenness but the charge was later dropped. The family has video of the incident.  ow.ly/HYjvv
  • Carbondale, Illinois: An officer is being investigated after a man recorded him sleeping on duty in his patrol vehicle. After waking up, the officer falsely told the man that it is illegal to film police. ow.ly/HYOB3
 
 

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Does Your State Protect Your Privacy In The Digital Age?

 

Privacy Rights In The Digital Age

 

 

 

” New technologies make it possible for state and local law enforcement agencies to engage in surveillance that used to be prohibitively expensive and/or effectively impossible. The ACLU has been working with legislators across the country to put in place rules to ensure that we can take advantage of these new technologies without becoming a surveillance society in which our every movements are tracked, monitored, and scrutinized by the authorities. Much of our work to that end focuses on: law enforcement access to electronic communications content, location tracking,automatic license plate readers, and domestic surveillance drones.

  If we can address these four issue areas, we will go a long way toward protecting privacy in the digital age. This map provides a snapshot of the states that have already provided privacy protections for some or all of them. Of course, the devil is in the details of these laws, and we encourage you to review the bill text or to check out the ACLU’s blog for more information on just how much protection there is in your state.”

 

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A Detailed Guide

 

 

 

 

” I came across this article during the Veteran March on DC on October 13th. The grammar was pretty bad, so I did my best to clean it up.

  The guide in LONG, so it took me a while to get it in this good a shape. Whoever wrote it may not have been the best writer, but he or she certainly knows how to be prepared.

  If you find grammatical errors, I will probably spot them and have them fixed soon. I did as many as I could as fast as I could for the purposes of getting the article published ASAP.

  This article will start off assuming that the Reader is already subject to MARTIAL LAW; that is, the “suspension” of the Constitution.”

 

 

 

 

 

” Curfews, rationing of basic goods, enforced relocations, confiscation of firearms and supplies, and summary arrest/execution by soldiers, paramilitary police and other jack booted types wielding assault rifles.

  Basic survival tips will be followed with some detailed ideas on how this country should be run once we take over.

  IF you’re reading this before MARTIAL LAW is imposed by the current corrupt government, and IF you are reading this while you still nominally under Constitutional Law, it’s urgent you read from the beginning to end so as to appreciate the opportunities you currently have to not only protect yourself and yours, but to attempt to stop all of this from ever happening.

  Rule #1: NEVER TRUST THE GOVERNMENT UNLESS THEY SAY THEY ARE GOING TO KILL YOU … “

 

 

Read it all at Disclose.TV

 

   For those interested in the subject , this page on Bing provides many further links to “Martial Law Survival Guides”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.23.15

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

 

” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 23, 2015:

  • St. Francis, Minnesota: A now-former officer is under criminal investigation for illegally accessing private data. He’s alleged to have found and shared information on candidates applying for promotion within the department. He was fired earlier in the month.  ow.ly/HMxk4
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee: An officer was arrested for domestic assault. He had already been on administrative leave for a DUI arrest when he allegedly struck his mother-in-law. When she threatened to call the police, he allegedly said “Go ahead and call the cops, they will believe me before you because I’m a cop.”  ow.ly/HMK1Y
  • McLean County, Illinois: A now-former sheriff’s deputy was indicted for embezzling more than $100,000 from the police union. According to the news report, the money was originally intended for a variety of charities.ow.ly/HN30V
  • Des Moines, Iowa: An officer resigned after allegations he peeped into the women’s locker room at the department.  ow.ly/HPqnA
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan: An officer was charged with misconduct in office and unauthorized access of a police database.  ow.ly/HPtZ8
  • Orange County, Texas: A detective was arrested for DUI after routine traffic stop. ow.ly/HPGoV
  • Travis County, Texas: A detective was fired after his arrest for DUI. He was also charged with unlawfully possessing a weapon and possession of controlled substances for two types prescription pills he had in his pocket. ow.ly/HPIl6
  • New York, New York: An officer with the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority (MTA) was charged with drug distribution and conspiracy charges. He was apprehended collecting a shipment of MDMA from a mailbox registered under a false name.  ow.ly/HPLSB
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts: An officer pled not guilty to three charges of indecent assault and battery on a 10-year-old girl. He has been suspended without pay.  ow.ly/HQ3tm
 
 

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To Collect Debts, Nursing Homes Are Seizing Control Over Patients

 

 

 

” Lillian Palermo tried to prepare for the worst possibilities of aging. An insurance executive with a Ph.D. in psychology and a love of ballroom dancing, she arranged for her power of attorney and health care proxy to go to her husband, Dino, eight years her junior, if she became incapacitated. And in her 80s, she did.

  Mr. Palermo, who was the lead singer in a Midtown nightclub in the 1960s when her elegant tango first caught his eye, now regularly rolls his wife’s wheelchair to the piano at the Catholic nursing home in Manhattan where she ended up in 2010 as dementia, falls and surgical complications took their toll. He sings her favorite songs, feeds her home-cooked Italian food, and pays a private aide to be there when he cannot.

  But one day last summer, after he disputed nursing home bills that had suddenly doubled Mrs. Palermo’s copays, and complained about inexperienced employees who dropped his wife on the floor, Mr. Palermo was shocked to find a six-page legal document waiting on her bed.

  It was a guardianship petition filed by the nursing home, Mary Manning Walsh, asking the court to give a stranger full legal power over Mrs. Palermo, now 90, and complete control of her money.

  Few people are aware that a nursing home can take such a step. Guardianship cases are difficult to gain access to and poorly tracked by New York State courts; cases are often closed from public view for confidentiality. But the Palermo case is no aberration. Interviews with veterans of the system and a review of guardianship court data conducted by researchers at Hunter College at the request of The New York Times show the practice has become routine, underscoring the growing power nursing homes wield over residents and families amid changes in the financing of long-term care.

  In a random, anonymized sample of 700 guardianship cases filed in Manhattan over a decade, Hunter College researchers found more than 12 percent were brought by nursing homes. Some of these may have been prompted by family feuds, suspected embezzlement or just the absence of relatives to help secure Medicaid coverage. But lawyers and others versed in the guardianship process agree that nursing homes primarily use such petitions as a means of bill collection — a purpose never intended by the Legislature when it enacted the guardianship statute in 1993.

  At least one judge has ruled that the tactic by nursing homes is an abuse of the law, but the petitions, even if they are ultimately unsuccessful, force families into costly legal ordeals.”

     Before you commit your loved one to a nursing home/elder care facility be sure to read this entire piece from the NY Times . This is a shameful abuse of the law , no different than “civil asset forfeiture” .

U.S. Spies On Millions Of Cars

 

 

 

 

” The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists, according to current and former officials and government documents.

  The primary goal of the license-plate tracking program, run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is to seize cars, cash and other assets to combat drug trafficking, according to one government document. But the database’s use has expanded to hunt for vehicles associated with numerous other potential crimes, from kidnappings to killings to rape suspects, say people familiar with the matter.

  Officials have publicly said that they track vehicles near the border with Mexico to help fight drug cartels. What hasn’t been previously disclosed is that the DEA has spent years working to expand the database “throughout the United States,’’ according to one email reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

Many state and local law-enforcement agencies are accessing the database for a variety of investigations, according to people familiar with the program, putting a wealth of information in the hands of local officials who can track vehicles in real time on major roadways.

  The database raises new questions about privacy and the scope of government surveillance. The existence of the program and its expansion were described in interviews with current and former government officials, and in documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union through a Freedom of Information Act request and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. It is unclear if any court oversees or approves the intelligence-gathering.”

 

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Meet The People Who Want Obama To Repeal The Bill Of Rights

 

 

 

 

Published on Jan 26, 2015

” Meet the Americans who want Obama to repeal the Bill of Rights in order to keep the country safe from terrorists. Political prankster Mark Dice asks Obama supporters if they would support Obama’s plan to repeal the Bill of Rights to protect Americans from terrorists. *SUBSCRIBE* for more great videos! Click “Like” “Favorite” and sound off in the comments.

  Mark Dice is a media analyst, author, and political activist who, in an entertaining and educational way, gets people to question our celebrity obsessed culture and the role the mainstream media and elite secret societies play in shaping our lives.

  Mark’s YouTube channel has received over 95 million views and his viral videos have been mentioned the Fox News Channel, CNN, the Drudge Report, TMZ, the New York Daily News, the Washington Times, and other media outlets around the world.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google Surrendered Private Data Of WikiLeaks Journalists To US Government

 

 

 

 

Google handed over confidential data of WikiLeaks’ staff to the U.S. government, prompting the whistleblower organization to send a letter to both the search engine giant and the U.S. Department of Justice seeking an explanation.

  WikiLeaks announced on its website on Monday that its investigations editor Sarah Harrison, section editor Joseph Farrell, and senior journalist and spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson have received a notice that Google had handed over all their emails and metadata to the U.S. government, which has issued warrants alleging “conspiracy” and “espionage” against the journalists. The charges carry a prison sentence of up to 45 years.

“ The US government is claiming universal jurisdiction to apply the Espionage Act, general Conspiracy statute and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to journalists and publishers – a horrifying precedent for press freedoms around the world,” WikiLeaks said on its website.”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.22.15

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

 

” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 22, 2015:

  • Shelby County, Tennessee: A now-former sheriff’s detective pled guilty to official oppression and assault. He told a 22-year-old woman involved in a domestic assault case to undress and pose for pictures on two separate occasions. He also made inappropriate sexual comments to her during those sessions. http://bit.ly/1842iXh
  • Update: Des Moines, Iowa (First reported 01-07-14): An officer who was fired after a domestic assault arrest has been reinstated by the City. ow.ly/HIyv7
  • DEA: The agency settled a lawsuit for $134,000. They used woman’s identity, including her name and personal photos, without her permission to lure suspects in facebook-based sting. ow.ly/HL7Ek
  • Cleveland, Ohio: An officer was arrested for possessing a weapon while intoxicated and public indecency. ow.ly/HLKqT
  • Dupont, Pennsylvania: A now-former officer goes to trial for role in Oxycodone distribution scheme. He and an officer from another police department allegedly broke into a police desk to steal pills turned-in by the public and sold them. ow.ly/HLM7v
  • Pinole, California: A now-former officer was sentenced to 66 days in jail and five years of probation for lying on a bankruptcy filing. He had been on trial for elder abuse and fraud, but the victim had dementia and could not testify capably on the witness stand, prompting the plea bargain on the bankruptcy charge. He was alleged to have befriended an elderly woman and convinced her to make him an heir to her estate. He retired as second-in-command in his department when he learned he was being investigated.ow.ly/HLWsJ
  • San Francisco, California: An officer was seen on video attempting to dump paralyzed man out of his wheelchair. The department has launched an investigation into the matter. ow.ly/HM1mZ
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina: An officer was arrested and charged for stealing three tractors. ow.ly/HM0rs
  • Update: Rio Arriba, New Mexico: A now-former sheriff was sentenced to 10 years in prison on civil rights and firearms charges. He engaged in an unnecessary high-speed pursuit and then beat up the driver of the car, assaulting him with his firearm and slamming his badge into the victim’s face. The victim required surgery for some of his injuries. The U.S. Attorney on the case said, “When he attacked a defenseless innocent civilian, [the sheriff] chose to abuse his power rather than uphold his oath to protect the public.”  ow.ly/HMssj
 
 

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Illinois Says Rule-Breaking Students Must Give Teachers Their Facebook Passwords

 

 

 

 

 

” School districts in Illinois are telling parents that a new law may require school officials to demand the social media passwords of students if they are suspected in cyberbullying cases or are otherwise suspected of breaking school rules.

  The law, which went into effect on January 1, defines cyberbullying and makes harassment on Facebook, Twitter, or via other digital means a violation of the state’s school code, even if the bullying happens outside of school hours.

  A letter sent out to parents in the Triad Community Unit School District #2, a district located just over the Missouri-Illinois line near St. Louis, that was obtained by Motherboard says that school officials can demand students give them their passwords. The full letter is embedded below.

” If your child has an account on a social networking website, e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, ask.fm, etc., please be aware that State law requires school authorities to notify you that your child may be asked to provide his or her password for these accounts to school officials in certain circumstances,” the letter says.”

 

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Footage Of Cop Shooting Man With Raised Hands Stirs Anger In South Jersey

 

 

 

” A police officer shooting a man with raised hands is stirring anger in South Jersey.

  The video from a police dashboard camera shows Bridgeton officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley in a Dec. 30 stop that goes awry, with Days yelling at the passenger, Jerame Reid, “Show me your hands!”

“ If you reach for something, you’re going to be f—- dead!” he yells in the video, as reported by the New York Post. Reid then gets shot.”

 

 

    Decide for yourself , but what we see here in the above video is an “amped up” cop screaming and cursing who immediately shoots the alleged suspect as he steps out of the car with his hands in the air . Another man dead at the hands of the State over a failure to stop at a stop sign . 

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Cop Records Himself Shooting Man For Running Away

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Muskogee, Oklahoma Police Department just released the video from a fatal on-duty police shooting Friday. The whole thing was captured by an officer’s body camera, and what it shows is horrifying.

  Officer Chansey McMillin can be seen shooting and killing 21-year-old Terence D. Walker back on January 17th. The only observable reason why he as shot was for running from police who confronted him.

  The video documents what otherwise might have been in dispute, that Officer McMillin fired five shots at Walker when the suspect stopped to pick up an item he dropped while running away.”

 

    While the object that Walker dropped may or may not have been a gun , what we saw in the video was a fleeing suspect stop , bend down to retrieve something , and then continue running away . We did not see the suspect turn towards the officer or make any threatening moves .

 

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Sunday Marks The Premiere Of The Three Part Mini-Series “Sons Of Liberty” From The History Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SONS OF LIBERTY, the three-night, six-hour event, follows a defiant and radical group of young men–Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and Dr. Joseph Warren–as they band together in secrecy to change the course of history and make America a nation.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Sons of Liberty sparked a revolution, the cast depicting them includes: Ben Barnes(The Chronicles of Narnia) as Sam Adams, a natural born leader with charisma and a penchant for mischief; Ryan Eggold (The Black List) as Dr. Joseph Warren, a doctor and man of conscience and integrity; Michael Raymond-James (Jack Reacher, Terriers, True Blood) as Paul Revere, a veteran who wholeheartedly joins forces with Sam Adams; Rafe Spall(Prometheus, Life of Pi) as John Hancock, the wealthiest man in Boston at the time; andHenry Thomas (E.T. The Extraterrestrial, Gangs of New York, Legends of the Fall) as John Adams, a lawyer and the conservative, smart cousin of Sam Adams. Additionally, Marton Csokas (Equalizer, The Lord of the Rings, Rogue) plays the ferocious General Thomas Gage who is sent to handle the colonial unrest in Boston; Emily Berrington (24: Live Another Day) as Margaret Gage; Jason O’Mara (The Good Wife, Terra Nova, Life on Mars) as General George Washington and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad, Under the Dome, Men, Women & Children) as the brilliant yet mischievous diplomat Benjamin Franklin.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Calling themselves the Sons of Liberty, they light the spark that ignited our revolution. While many of their names have become legendary, this group of young rebels didn’t start off as noble patriots. They were a new generation of young American men from varied backgrounds, struggling to find purpose in their lives. They were looking for equality, but they found something greater: Independence.”

 

 

 

Sons Of Liberty Quiz

 

 

 

” SONS OF LIBERTY is a dramatic interpretation of events that sparked a revolution. It is historical fiction, not a documentary. The goal of our miniseries is to capture the spirit of the time, convey the personalities of the main characters, and focus on real events that have shaped our past. For historical information about the Sons of Liberty and the dawning of the American Revolution, please read the Historian’s View section on history.com/sons. “

 

 

 

Sons of Liberty

 

 

 

    There is a wealth of information to be had on the upcoming show including more videos , actor biographies , historical data , infographics and much more if you visit the webpage .

 

  We applaud the History Channel for creating this event and feel that , regardless of the political biases that will undoubtedly reveal themselves to some faction(s) of the viewing public , any piece of widely received entertainment that fosters conversation about some of our defining moments as a people around the dinner table and water cooler is a great thing indeed .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.21.15

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 21, 2015:

  • Moundsville, West Virginia: An officer was arrested for sex with a minor. He allegedly contacted the then-15-year-old girl on a social media site and met her at his residence. ow.ly/HGNy4
  • Stamford, Connecticut: An officer was arrested for breach of the peace after he allegedly put his wife in a headlock. Following his arrest, he checked-in to an alcohol abuse treatment facility. ow.ly/HGO0n
  • New York, New York: An officer was nabbed in a prostitution sting.ow.ly/HHtzc
  • Michigan State Police: A trooper was arrested on DUI and open container charges. The 15-year MSP veteran was placed on leave.  ow.ly/HHzsd
  • Update: Aledo, Illinois (First reported 12-17-14): A now-former officer pled not guilty to aggravated sexual assault with a weapon. He was forced to resign from the department earlier this month. His is alleged to have touched the breast of a minor who was between the ages of 13 and 17 at the time of the incident. ow.ly/HHEvG
  • Jefferson County, Ohio: A deputy was arrested for firing a gun in city limits. He is suspended without pay. ow.ly/HHQgG
  • Knox County, Tennessee: A deputy was arrested for domestic violence and drugged driving. He allegedly got in an argument with his wife over his prescription drug use, broke her cell phone and the house phone when she tried to call 911, and pushed their 15-year-old son down some stairs.  ow.ly/HHSK7
  • Bibb County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested for battery after altercation with his wife. He is suspended pending investigation into the incident.  ow.ly/HHUFY
  • Danbury, Connecticut: An officer was fired for violating professional standards after unnecessary force used during arrest. The deputy mayor wrote in the letter of termination, “I expect that all police officers act professionally, treat all persons with dignity and respect, (and) refrain from threatening persons with arrest or use of force simply because they appear to disrespect an officer.”  ow.ly/HI4NZ
 
 

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Journalism School Dean: The First Amendment Ends At Insulting Mohammed

 

 

 

” Unusual, not because it’s rare to see an American journalist bowing to Islamic sensibilities on depictions of Mohammed but because typically they don’t go so far as to demand legal limits on their own profession. When the New York Times refuses to run a cartoon goofing on Islam, they don’t want the reason to be government censorship. They prefer to be censored by more sympathetic agents, like violent Muslim radicals.

  To be precise here, though, DeWayne Hickham, the dean of Morgan State’s J-school, isn’t demanding a “Mohammed exception” to the First Amendment. He’s demanding an exception for all speech that would make the audience so angry that they might react violently — exactly the sort of slippery slope on censorship that people like you and me worry about when images of Mohammed are suppressed. Actual line from this op-ed, regarding the new cover of Charlie Hebdo: “The once little-known French satirical news weekly crossed the line that separates free speech from toxic talk.”

  The most current issue of Charlie Hebdo again has Mohammed on its cover. This time, he appears crying under a headline that reads: “All is forgiven.” Well, apparently not. Ten people have been killed during protests in Niger, a former French colony. Other anti-French riots have erupted from North Africa to Asia. In reaction to all of this, Pope Francis has said of the magazine, “You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”… “

 

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Man Tackles, Chokes Armed Walmart Shopper

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Investigators released video Wednesday of one Walmart shopper tackling another after he saw the man carrying a gun. But it turned out the man who was tackled had a concealed-weapons permit.

  Video released by the sheriff’s office shows Clarence Daniels walking into the entryway, with other shoppers and small children nearby. Then you see Michael Foster come up behind him, grab his neck and take him to the ground.

  As the two fall, there are three small children right around them, and they fall into one of them.

  Investigators believe it all started when Foster said he saw Daniels in the parking lot, holstering his gun.  He followed Daniels in and tackled him — without calling 911 or alerting store security, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said.

  Store security eventually showed up and detained both men until law enforcement arrived.

  When deputies confirmed that Daniels had a permit for the gun, they arrested Foster.

  One witness saw it all, and was outraged.”

 

 

CCW Carrier Attacked

 

” “ He doesn’t even know who the victim is,” said Manton Sameuls. “But he just goes and attacks the man and throws him to the ground, necklock him, for what? Why? What did the man do?”

  Foster is now charged with battery. “

 

 

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Why Police Are Maiming, Killing With ‘Grenades’

 

 

 

 

” Following a drug tip, nearly 20 cops stormed a small apartment outside Atlanta in 2010. Invading officers found only a little weed, but managed to seriously injure resident Treneshia Dukes with a flashbang grenade—a police device that’s drawing increasing attention and controversy, Pro Publica reports. Cops often toss the flash-and-bang devices to disorient suspects during drug raids, but critics note that the grenades’ flash is more hot than lava.At least 50 Americans, including children and cops, have been killed, maimed, or injured by flashbangs that landed near them or went off too soon. Even Bill Nixon, an Arkansas man who used to make flashbangs for police (before an officer lost a hand demonstrating one to Boy Scouts) doesn’t get why cops use them regularly. “It boggles my mind,” he says.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Police in Little Rock, Ark., used them on 84% of raids from 2011 to 2013, although the raids usually just turned up minor drug paraphernalia. But a police rep defends flashbang use, saying that “what we see is a large service of warrants without gunfire.” Still, horror stories include a 19-month-old Georgia baby who suffered severe facial injuries during a drug raid when a flashbang landed in her crib, WOKV reports. A grand jury didn’t indict the officers involved but suggested two ideas that are going around: better police training (there are no national flashbang training standards) and fewer “no-knock” warrants that permit police raids. Meanwhile, Dukes—who suffered second-degree burns over her body—has filed a civil suit alleging excessive police force. “My skin is ugly, and I feel like I’m ugly,” she says. “When I talk about it, I just get angry.” “

 

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New Police Radars Can ‘See’ Inside Homes

 

 

 

 

” At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.

  Those agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, began deploying the radar systems more than two years ago with little notice to the courts and no public disclosure of when or how they would be used. The technology raises legal and privacy issues because the U.S. Supreme Court has said officers generally cannot use high-tech sensors to tell them about the inside of a person’s house without first obtaining a search warrant.

  The radars work like finely tuned motion detectors, using radio waves to zero in on movements as slight as human breathing from a distance of more than 50 feet. They can detect whether anyone is inside of a house, where they are and whether they are moving.

  Current and former federal officials say the information is critical for keeping officers safe if they need to storm buildings or rescue hostages. But privacy advocates and judges have nonetheless expressed concern about the circumstances in which law enforcement agencies may be using the radars — and the fact that they have so far done so without public scrutiny.

” The idea that the government can send signals through the wall of your house to figure out what’s inside is problematic,” said Christopher Soghoian, the American Civil Liberties Union’s principal technologist. “Technologies that allow the police to look inside of a home are among the intrusive tools that police have.”

  Agents’ use of the radars was largely unknown until December, when a federal appeals court in Denver said officers had used one before they entered a house to arrest a man wanted for violating his parole. The judges expressed alarm that agents had used the new technology without a search warrant, warning that “the government’s warrantless use of such a powerful tool to search inside homes poses grave Fourth Amendment questions.”

By then, however, the technology was hardly new. Federal contract records show the Marshals Service began buying the radars in 2012, and has so far spent at least $180,000 on them.

  Justice Department spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said officials are reviewing the court’s decision. He said the Marshals Service “routinely pursues and arrests violent offenders based on pre-established probable cause in arrest warrants” for serious crimes.

  The device the Marshals Service and others are using, known as the Range-R, looks like a sophisticated stud-finder. Its display shows whether it has detected movement on the other side of a wall and, if so, how far away it is — but it does not show a picture of what’s happening inside. The Range-R’s maker, L-3 Communications, estimates it has sold about 200 devices to 50 law enforcement agencies at a cost of about $6,000 each.”

 

 

 

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California’s Secretive Policies

 

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” From the Sacramento Bee:

  California has one of the nation’s most restrictive laws for public access to information about police officer misconduct. State law bars disclosure of all police personnel records – a restriction that prevents the public from finding out which officers have engaged in serious misconduct. What’s more, courts and police agencies have interpreted that confidentiality broadly to cut off public access to nearly all information that might be used in personnel decisions, including internal affairs investigations and hearings on civilian complaints.

  Under California law, civilians who file complaints against officers find out little about what happens next. To avoid violating state law, departments often don’t disclose even whether the officer was found to have violated policy, much less exactly what policy the officer violated, what kind of discipline resulted, or any explanation of why the department reached the result it did.

 
 

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Federal Court Says It’s 100% Legal To Give Cops The Finger

 

 

 

 

” The 14-page opinion issued by the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the “ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity.”

  The ruling comes in response to a case where John Swartz and his wife Judy Mayton-Swartz were forced to bring suit against two police officers who arrested Swartz back in May of 2006. The arrest was made simply as a result of John Swartz flipping off the officer who was using a radar device at an intersection in St. Johnsville, New York.

  Swartz was charged with “disorderly conduct,” the common way that officers charge people when they have not committed any crime. “

 

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Newtown School Panel To Include Proposed Gun Ban In Report

 

 

 

” An advisory panel charged with looking at public safety in the wake of the deadly Newtown school shooting agreed Friday to include in its final report a recommendation to ban the sale and possession of any gun that can fire more than 10 rounds without reloading.

  The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, created by Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in the wake of the 2012 school shooting, plans to complete its work next month. The report will include dozens of recommendations in three categories: law enforcement and emergency response; safe school design and operation; and mental health and wellness.

  In its interim report last March, the commission included the proposed gun ban, which is opposed by the gun lobby and manufacturers. It would go much further than a 2013 Connecticut law which, among other things, expanded the state’s assault weapons ban and barred the possession and sale of large-capacity ammunition magazines.

” Whether or not this law would stand the test of constitutionality is not for this commission to decide,” said former Hartford Police Chief Bernard Sullivan, a member of the panel. “The commission has expressed very strongly that this is a statement that is needed regarding the lethality of weapons.” “

 

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