Category: Law Enforcement Thuggery


How The Obama Administration Gives Away Military-Grade Weapons To Local Police

 

 

 

 

 

” In the weeks after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., images of officers training rifles on crowds of protesters from the turrets of armored vehicles became a potent symbol of the distrust between law enforcement and citizens in Ferguson — and elsewhere.

  Now, civil rights and civil liberties advocates are calling on the Obama administration to respond to the events in Ferguson by discouraging police from relying so heavily on military equipment and tactics.

  Several federal programs are helping local law enforcement to acquire heavy weapons, either by making funds available or by providing the equipment directly. One program at the Pentagon transferred surplus military equipment worth nearly half a billion dollars to local police last year. Grants provided by the Department of Homeland Security total another $1 billion, and Holder’s department provides hundreds of millions more.

” We do not condition that money on requiring real change in policing,” said Sherrilynn Ifill of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in a press conference on Tuesday. “Taxpayer money to local police departments should come with the condition that the police take responsibility for improving.” “

 

 

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Police Shooting Of Pre-Teen In Cleveland Caught On Surveillance Video That Contradicts Cops Claims

” Last week police in Cleveland shot and killed12-year-old Tamir Rice, claiming the boy tried to pull a (fake) gun out of his pants when ordered to put his hands up. The interaction was instigated by a 911 caller who said he saw someone with what was a “probably fake” gun.

  Now surveillance video appears to contradict police claims, as it shows the police officer shooting Rice immediately after getting out of a moving patrol car.

  There could be more than 300 million (real) guns in America, and an infinitesimally small proportion are used to commit crimes. Politically expedient fearmongering over guns, however, can lead to frivolous 911 calls that, in combination with trigger-happy yet largely immune cops, can be fatal. “

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-25-14

 

 

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” Here are the 9 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, November 25, 2014:

  • Dallas, Texas: A police officer has been fired for using excessive force in a videotaped incident in which a suspected panhandler was pinned to the ground. http://ow.ly/ESsCi
  • Update: Jarrel, Texas (First reported 02-07-14): A police chief will spend four and a half years in federal prison for using the witness protection program to collect bribes from illegal aliens wanting to avoid deportation. ly/ESjEz
  • Knox County, Tennessee: Two former law enforcement officers have pled guilty to attempting to commit extortion after being indicted by a federal grand jury. ly/ESqZz
  • Update: Superior, Wisconsin (Previously reported 10-21-14): An officer was given a 10-hour unpaid suspension for his actions during the arrest of a woman. Video shot by a dashboard camera in the squad car shows him shoving her onto the hood of the vehicle and striking her in the face with a closed fist as she reached toward his face and tried to pull away. The suspension was given because the officer used vulgarities when dealing with the woman, and his manner didn’t defuse the situation, according to the police department. ly/ERZBT
  • Update: Savannah-Chatham, Georgia (Previously reported 08-12-14): The now-former police chief was found guilty on one count of commercial gambling, one count of conspiracy, two counts making false statements, and two counts of extortion. He was found not guilty of three additional extortion charges. ly/ERKNQ
  • Eddy County, New Mexico: A sheriff’s deputy has resigned after being placed on administrative leave over alleged off-duty conduct. He submitted his resignation after he was arrested and accused of allegedly driving drunk. ly/ERGLG
  • San Marcos, Texas: A woman who says she suffered broken teeth and a concussion at the hands of a police officer who arrested her has sued him, the city’s police department and its former chief. ly/ERGbN
  • Nodaway, Missouri: A couple has filed a civil lawsuit in federal District Court claiming that the county sheriff and a deputy improperly entered their home while investigating allegations of child endangerment. ly/ERDZd
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (Previously reported 01-24-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced in federal court to 21 months in prison for his role in operating a prostitution business. He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release for his crime. According to the indictment he had more than 300 customers as part of his business. http://ow.ly/ES1Dv “

 

 

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Secret Army Guards Missouri Courthouse

 

 

 

 

Published on Nov 22, 2014

” Even with the increased security in the St. Louis area several men dressed in khaki boots and pants stood out from the crowd.

  We can’t say for sure what the men have planned but we’ve previously seen groups wearing similar garb outside of events such as the Boston Bombing and Waco.

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Cop Assaults Man For ‘Dangerous’ Wallet, Can’t Understand Why He Got Fired Again

 

 

 

 

 

” Anthony Zamora was working security at a Walmart in Corpus Christi, Texas, back in May when he saw a suspicious character who appeared to be carrying an illegal weapon, brazenly and openly. Zamora, being the guardian of peace and tranquility that he is, couldn’t let this hazard to public safety go unchecked.

The dangerous device? The threat to public safety? That’s right- it was a wallet. With a chain attached. “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-22-14 to 11-24-14

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

” Here are the 11 reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, November 22 to Monday, November 24, 2014:

  • Fremont, Ohio: A now-former state trooper pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. He showed a pornographic video to a 12-year-old boy. ow.ly/EP5qy
  • Kootenai County, Idaho: A now-former state trooper from pled guilty to charges including petty theft and malicious injury to property in exchange for other criminal charges against him being dropped. He could receive up to five years in prison when sentenced. ow.ly/EP345
  • Newport, Rhode Island: A police officer has been arrested and accused of making a fake 911 call. ly/EOKSW
  • Cleveland, Ohio: A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a “probably fake” gun at a playground. ly/ENhGO
  • Kingsville, Texas: A police officer is behind bars after an investigation into claims of domestic violence. He was arrested and charged with obstruction or retaliation, assault bodily injury of a family or household member and tampering with a witness. http://ow.ly/ETg1u
  • Update: Sturgis, Michigan (First reported 10-31-14): A sheriff’s deputy told an officer that he had been out celebrating his birthday and admitted to drinking and driving before crashing his pickup truck. “He stated he had no memory of where he had been drinking, what he had been drinking or how much he had been drinking,” said the officer. ly/EOJsr
  • New York, New York: Footage shows a violent encounter between a police officer and an alleged fare beater at subway station. It shows an officer hitting a man in the head with a nightstick; that move is against department policy. An internal investigation is underway. ly/EOvw3
  • Campbell County, Wyoming: The sheriff is resigning in the midst of a state investigation into an allegation that he tried to suppress his son’s arrest on a drunken driving charge. ly/EOdzn
  • Update: Millvale, Pennsylvania (Previously reported 06-24-14): A federal court jury convicted a police officer of violating a man’s civil rights by using a stun gun on him three times while he was handcuffed. ly/EO32I
  • Update: San Diego, California (First reported 06-06-14): A married couple who both served in the police department for years pled guilty to committing burglaries while on duty in order to steal prescription medications and sell them. ly/ENHzz
  • Savannah-Chatham, Georgia: A jury found a now-former police detective guilty of seven counts of making false statements. ly/ENCoX “

 

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Researchers Uncover Government Spy Tool Used To Hack Telecoms And Belgian Cryptographer

 

 

Regin-Architecture

 

 

” It was the spring of 2011 when the European Commission discovered it had been hacked. The intrusion into the EU’s legislative body was sophisticated and widespread and used a zero-day exploit to get in. Once the attackers established a stronghold on the network, they were in for the long haul. They scouted the network architecture for additional victims and covered their tracks well. Eventually, they infected numerous systems belonging to the European Commission and the European Council before being discovered.

  Two years later another big target was hacked. This time it was Belgacom, the partly state-owned Belgian telecom. In this case, too, the attack was sophisticated and complex. According to published news reports and documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the attackers targeted system administrators working for Belgacom and used their credentials to gain access to routers controlling the telecom’s cellular network. Belgacom publicly acknowledged the hack, but has never provided details about the breach.

  Then five months after that announcement, news of another high-profile breach emerged—this one another sophisticated hack targeting prominent Belgian cryptographer Jean-Jacques Quisquater. “

 

 

 

 

 

” Now it appears that security researchers have found the massive digital spy tool used in all three attacks. Dubbed “Regin” by Microsoft, more than a hundred victims have been found to date, but there are likely many others still unknown. That’s because the espionage tool—a malicious platform capable of taking over entire networks and infrastructures—has been around since at least 2008, possibly even earlier, and is built to remain stealth on a system for years.

  The threat has been known since at least 2011, around the time the EU was hacked and some of the attack files made their way to Microsoft, who added detection for the component to its security software. Researchers with Kaspersky Lab only began tracking the threat in 2012, collecting bits and pieces of the massive threat. Symantec began investigating it in 2013 after some of its customers were infected. Putting together information from each, it’s clear the platform is highly complex and modulated and can be customized with a wide range of capabilities depending on the target and the attackers’ needs. Researchers have found 50 payloads so far for stealing files and other data, but have evidence that still more exist.

“ It’s a threat that everyone has detected for some time, but no one has exposed [until now],” says Eric Chien, technical director of Symantec’s Security Technology and Response division.

  The researchers have no doubt that Regin is a nation-state tool and are calling it the most sophisticated espionage machine uncovered to date—more complex even than the massive Flame platform, uncovered by Kaspersky and Symantec in 2012 and crafted by the same team who created Stuxnet. “

 

The whole story may be read at Wired

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,500 New Documents ID’d In White House-IRS Taxpayer Harassment Cases

 

 

” In a shocking revelation, the Treasury Inspector General has identified some 2,500 documents that “potentially” show taxpayer information held by the Internal Revenue Service being shared with President Obama’s White House.

  The discovery was revealed to the group Cause of Action, which has sued for access to any of the documents. It charges that the IRS and White House have harassed taxpayers.

  In an email from the Justice Department’s tax office, an official revealed the high number of documents, suggesting that the White House was hip deep in probes of taxpayers, likely including conservatives and Tea Party groups associated with the IRS scandal.

  In requesting a delay in the delivery date of the documents, Justice told Cause of Action, “The agency [Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration] has located 2,500 potentially responsive documents and anticipates being able to finish processing 2,000 of these pages by the December 1 date. It needs the additional two weeks to deal with the last 500 pages to determine if they are responsive and make any necessary withholdings.”

 

Thanks to Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Employee Fired After Posting Pictures Of DHS Vehicles Parked In Hotel Parking Lot

 

 

 

 

 

 

” What happens in public isn’t afforded an expectation of privacy — unless you’re the Department of Homeland Security. The DHS is all about shutting down people taking photos in, around or of public structures. According to the many piles of useless paperwork compiled by the many useless Fusion Centers, the most effective terrorist weapon is any device that captures still images or video.

  The nation is loaded with phone-wielding terrorists. But thanks to the swift corrective action applied by a former Secret Service agent and the multi-billion dollar agency, guests at the Drury Park Plaza Hotel in Chesterfield, Missouri, are safe from the terrorist activity of 28-year-old US Navy veteran (and now, former hotel Houseman) Mark Paffrath.

  Mark says that on Thursday after work he snapped 2 photographs and a short video of several dozen Homeland Security vehicles in the parking garage. He then uploaded them to his Facebook page. In his post he writes “why are all the cop cars here…I wonder if it has anything to do with Ferguson”, he also included the hashtags #Ferguson #NoJusticeNoPeace.

Hooray for the First Amendment! … oh, wait.

  On Friday, shortly after arriving to work at the Drury Plaza Hotel, Mark stated that he was called to the office of Jeff Baker, the General Manager. Upon arriving Mr. Baker advised Mark that he needed to remove the photos and video from Facebook. Mark immediately complied and removed the post. Mark then continued and finished his shift.

  A private company decides to insert itself into a situation where no one — not even the DHS — needed to step in. Having achieved its goal of suppression, one would think the story ends here. But it doesn’t.”

 

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Local Judge Unseals Hundreds Of Highly Secret Cell Tracking Court Records

 

 

 

 

” A judge in Charlotte, North Carolina, has unsealed a set of 529 court documents in hundreds of criminal cases detailing the use of a stingray, or cell-site simulator, by local police. This move, which took place earlier this week, marks a rare example of a court opening up a vast trove of applications made by police to a judge, who authorized each use of the powerful and potentially invasive device.

  According to the Charlotte Observer, the records seem to suggest that judges likely did not fully understand what they were authorizing. Law enforcement agencies nationwide have taken extraordinary steps to preserve stingray secrecy. As recently as this week, prosecutors in a Baltimore robbery case dropped key evidence that stemmed from stingray use rather than fully disclose how the device was used.

  The newspaper also reported on Friday that the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office, which astonishingly had also never previously seen the applications filed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), will now review them and determine which records also need to be shared with defense attorneys. Criminals could potentially file new claims challenging their convictions on the grounds that not all evidence was disclosed to them at the time.

  Relatively little is known about precisely how stingrays are used by law enforcement agencies nationwide, although more and more documents have surfaced showing how they’ve been purchased and used in limited instances. Last year, Ars reported on leaked documents showing the existence of a body-worn stingray. In 2010, security researcher Kristin Paget famously demonstrated a homemade device built for just $1,500.

  Worse still, local cops have lied to courts (at the direction of the United States Marshals Service) about the use of such technology. Not only can stingrays be used to determine a phone’s location, but they can also intercept calls and text messages. While they do target specific phones, they also sweep up cell data of innocents nearby who have no idea that such data collection is taking place. “

 

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Akai Gurley: Black Man Shot And Killed By Police, Stepfather Angry At Accident

 

 

 

 

 

” Mr. Akai Gurley, a 28-year-old black man from Brooklyn, was shot and killed this week by a new police officer in what is being called an “unfortunate tragedy.” Yet Gurley’s stepfather is understandably angry about the accident, saying he is “p***** off,” and the New York community at large also seems full of unrest over the situation. Canada Journal News shares the latest on this breaking story this Saturday, November 22, 2014.

  While leaving a housing complex, Akai Gurley was said to be fatally shot. He was unarmed and involved in no criminal activity at the time, confirms the report. It seems in this sad case that the black man was killed by a rookie cop for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, but not everyone is so sure. Gurley was leaving the Brooklyn apartment with his girlfriend by his side; this particular housing area where the accident occurred is known for its high crime rate.”

 

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9-1-1 Caller Says Gun Held By Cleveland 12-Year-Old Shot By Police Was ‘Probably Fake’

 

 

 

 

 

”  The man who called 9-1-1 before a 12-year-old boy was shot by police told dispatchers the gun was “probably fake.”

  The man told police he was at the park near Cudell Recreation Center and could see “a guy with a pistol” on the swing set pulling the weapon from his pants and “scaring the s–t out of everyone.”

” There’s a guy with a pistol, and it’s probably fake,” he said quickly, “but he’s pointing it everybody.”

  When police arrived, a group of people were sitting around a table under a gazebo next to the rec center’s parking lot. A rookie officer in the car saw the pistol sitting on the table, and watched the boy grab it and put it in his waistband, Jeff Follmer said.

  The officer got out of the car and told the boy to raise his hands. Instead, police said, the boy reached into his waistband and grabbed the pistol.

  The officer fired two shots, at least one of which hit the boy in the stomach.

  The boy was rushed to MetroHealth Medical Center in serious condition, though his condition was not immediately known Saturday night. “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-20-14

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

” Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 20, 2014:

  • Lake County, Indiana: A woman alleges in a federal lawsuit filed that a sheriff’s officer sexually assaulted her while he was on duty. ly/ECAci
  • Lake County, Illinois: A county sheriff’s officer is being investigated for allegedly pulling over a school bus to deliver lunch to his son onboard. The report indicates that the bus was en route to a school and the bus would have been outside of his jurisdiction at the time of the stop. ly/ECxqQ
  • Colville, Washington: The State Attorney General filed a criminal case a police officer. The charges are the result of a sexual misconduct investigation. They include burglary with sexual motivation, unlawful imprisonment with sexual motivation, custodial misconduct, false/misleading statement to a public servant, and official misconduct.ly/ECwkt
  • Murray County, Georgia: During a campaign to “End Domestic Violence,” the sheriff’s office arrested one of their own for allegedly assaulting his wife. ly/ECu5p
  • Update: Middlefield, Ohio: A man who says he was set up by police has sued the village’s police chief, its former police chief and mayor, among others. He is accusing the officials of planting evidence, making false reports, using an unreliable and dishonest informant and hiding information. ly/ECrKx
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: A federal court jury convicted a police officer of violating a man’s civil rights by using a stun gun on him three times while he was handcuffed. ly/ECohs
  • Update: Las Cruces, New Mexico: A now-former detective was sentenced for violating the civil rights of a student intern. He was sentenced to nine years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. The officer also was ordered to forfeit his law enforcement certification and comply with federal and state sex offender registration requirements. ly/EBxGg
  • Update: Cleveland, Ohio: A now-former police officer was sentenced to nineteen and a half years in prison for videotaping himself having sex with a 15-year-old girl he met at a recreation center. ly/EBulT
  • Asheville, North Carolina: A police officer is behind bars on a charge of assaulting a female. He is accused of “holding female down and covering her mouth while telling her to shut up. And pushing female up against a wall by her neck using his hands,” according to the warrant. ly/EBtID
  • Update: San Jose, California: A woman who says a police officer raped her while on duty has filed a civil suit. http://ow.ly/EyH8A
  • Whitesburg, Kentucky: Cited for drunken driving over the weekend, the police chief said that he had learned from the experience. “It’s very unfortunate, but I’ve learned from it,” he said. “Just never do it again, pick up the pieces and move on.” http://ow.ly/EyHVb
  • Update: Columbia, South Carolina: A judge ruled the state had probable cause to arrest a now-former state trooper who shot a man during a traffic stop. http://ow.ly/EyHCN “

 

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Tennessee DA Restricts Use Of Civil Forfeiture Laws

 

 

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” An agency at the center of NewsChannel 5’s “Policing for Profit” investigation has severely restricted the use of civil forfeiture laws that had been used to seize cash from drivers passing through Tennessee.

  Instead, the new boss of the 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force said he wants officers to re-emphasize their primary mission of looking for drugs.

  For more than three years, NewsChannel 5 Investigates has shined the light on laws that let police take cash from drivers without charging them with a crime.

  Critics called it “highway robbery.”

I don’t want the public to believe that we are out there trying to just take money from innocent people,” said District Attorney General Ray Crouch. “That is not what we are going to do. I am not going to be part of that.

  It marks the first time that a Tennessee district attorney has publicly rejected the broad use of the civil forfeiture laws that have drawn national attention. For the past several years, the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference has lobbied lawmakers to preserve that source of money.

” I want the public to know that they do not have to be in fear of the 23rd Judicial Drug Task Force seizing their personal property, their cash, their assets,” Crouch toldNewsChannel 5 Investigates. “

 

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AG Nominee Loretta Lynch Boasts Having Seized $904 Million Through Asset Forfeitures In 2013 Alone

 

 

 

” Civil asset forfeiture is a controversial policy in which the government seizes private property that it believes was either gained through the commission of a crime or used to commit one. However, the items being seized sometimes belong to someone who was never accused of a crime at all or people who later turn out to be completely innocent. Since a civil process is used to seize the items in question, individuals facing the loss of property do so without the benefit of the level of due process that would ordinarily be afforded a criminal defendant.

  The Washington Post notes that, under President Obama, civil asset forfeitures have doubled. Now, as Eric Holder steps aside as US Attorney General, his potential replacement, nominee and US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta Lynch, recently announced that her office seized over $904 million in asset forfeitures in 2013 alone.

  According to a quote from The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, “As a prosecutor Ms. Lynch has also been aggressive in pursuing civil asset forfeiture, which has become a form of policing for profit. She recently announced that her office had collected more than $904 million in criminal and civil actions in fiscal 2013, according to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.” The editorial calls for senators to ask questions in an effort to clarify Lynch’s views on the controversial policy. “

 

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Bombshell: Email Proves That White House, DOJ Targeted Reporter Sharyl Attkisson

 

 

 

” Judicial Watch reports that the Obama administration has turned over about 42,000 pages of documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal. The administration was forced to turn the documents over to Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Judicial Watch is posting them on its web site. The administration turned them over on November 18, 2014.

  One of the documents provides smoking gun proof that the Obama White House and the Eric Holder Justice Department colluded to get CBS News to block reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson was one of the few mainstream media reporters who paid any attention to the deadly gun-running scandal.

  In an email dated October 4, 2011, Attorney General Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, called Attkisson “out of control.” Schmaler told White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz that he intended to call CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer to get the network to stop Attkisson.

  Schultz replied, “Good. Her piece was really bad for the AG.”

  Schultz also told Schmaler that he was working with reporter Susan Davis, then at the National Journal, to target Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA). Issa led the House investigation into Fast and Furious. Davis now works at USA Today. In the email chain, Schultz tells Schmaler that he would provide Davis with “leaks.”

  Davis wrote a critical piece on Issa a few weeks later.

  Attkisson was later subjected to hacking of her computer by people who remain unknown, but who likely belong to a government agency. She and CBS parted ways earlier in 2014, and Attkisson has since said that the network blocked her reports from airing.

  Update: More about Schmaler here, here, here and here. “

 

Thanks to Bryan Preston at PJMedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-19-14

 

 

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” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 19, 2014:

  • Chicago, Illinois: A police officer has been indicted on federal charges. He is accused of using excessive force when he allegedly punched a man during an arrest, and kicked him while he was handcuffed and lying on the floor face-down. ow.ly/EyGbl
  • Update: Clovis, New Mexico: Prosecutors have decided that a police officer won’t face state charges in connection with a traffic stop in which excessive force was alleged. ow.ly/EyDHO
  • Weld County, Colorado: A grand jury has indicted a now-former deputy on felony charges in the murder of his wife. ow.ly/EyzbH
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A police officer must face charges that he threatened a man with his city-issued handgun. He has been fired. ow.ly/EyywI
  • Horry County, South Carolina: A sheriff’s deputy was released from jail on $1,000 bail after he was charged with assault and trespassing related to an incident that occurred while he was on duty and driving a sheriff’s van. ow.ly/EykyD
  • Secaucus, New Jersey: A police officer has been charged with obtaining a steroid gel known as Androgel testosterone and then selling the medication online. ow.ly/Eycr0
  • Update: Santa Fe County, New Mexico: The now-former sheriff’s deputy accused of shooting and killing a fellow deputy has pled not guilty. ow.ly/ExEuw
  • Newton, New Jersey: A police officer was caught on videotape unzipping his pants and exposing himself to young men during at least five traffic stops, according to an arrest affidavit. ow.ly/ExDc1
  • Houston, Texas: A police officer has been charged with sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl. He allegedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl. ow.ly/EwUaU
  • Update: Goodyear, Arizona: A police officer pled not guilty after he was accused of recording 21 women as they undressed at a tanning salon. ow.ly/EuVZ0 “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-18-14

 

 

 

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” Here are the 12 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 18, 2014:

  • Cleveland, Ohio: A police officer was fired after he was found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of a crash and violating the probation set by the city. ly/EuVFr
  • Butte County, California: A deputy is facing allegations that he molested an 11-year-old girl, according to authorities. The deputy was taken into custody following a seven-month investigation by the Chico Police Department. ly/EuVdo
  • Los Angeles, California: A man who says police officers beat and kicked him unconscious has filed a lawsuit alleging civil rights violations. The officers are on paid leave as the LAPD investigates. ly/EuHwD
  • San Mateo County, California: A deputy who recently ran for sheriff has been arrested and charged with smuggling drugs and cell phones into jail for inmates, authorities said. ly/EuqSZ
  • Update: Pasco County, Florida: The county sheriff says one of his deputies violated the public’s trust. That deputy is accused of sexually violating a woman while on-duty. He’s been fired from the department and is facing sexual battery charges. ly/Et5Qh
  • Update: Denton County, Texas: A now-former deputy was indicted by a grand jury. He was indicted on a charge of theft of more than $1,500 and less than $20,000 after he allegedly took money from three individuals while in uniform. ly/EukPR
  • Sandusky, Ohio: A police officer involved in a controversial traffic stop has been suspended for 60 days and ordered to sign a last chance agreement. The officer received the discipline after he was found guilty of several administrative charges, including insubordination and failing to be honest.ly/Etj71
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: A police officer will no longer receive pay during his suspension. He was first put on paid leave amid a criminal investigation in which he was accused of stealing money from a police motorcycle club.ly/Et7N4
  • Polk County, Florida: A deputy resigned after he was caught on camera stealing a DVD. ly/Et6Ad
  • Pasco County, Florida: A deputy has been fired and charged with evidence tampering. The deputy responded to a Walmart, recognized shoplifters on surveillance video as friends, and never filed any charges. ly/Et4ZT
  • Taunton, Massachusetts: A police officer has been accused of excessive force in five casesA fight caught on camera in the police station booking room is the latest potential blemish on the record of a veteran detective who’s described as “decorated and proactive” by his chief. ow.ly/Etvbd
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A jury convicted a now-former police officer of obstructing justice, a charge that stems from his heated arrest and quick release of a man. The jury found him not guilty of two other charges: false imprisonment and official oppression. ow.ly/EtuRI “

 

 

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Nutmeg State SWAT Storms Gun Owner’s Home, Seizes Firearms

 

 

 

 

” Connecticut gun owner told Guns and Patriots that his civil rights were stripped from him by an anti-gun judicial branch and a soon-to-be ex-wife who is uncomfortable with him owning guns.

“ High risk SWAT team rolls in and takes all my guns,” said Edward F. Taupier the respondent in a two-year divorce action that has escalated to an all-out war. “It took two armadillo armored vehicles, 75 officers with weapons drawn, and 45 minutes to raid my house.”

  Although he said he posed no risk to the officers, Taupier was thrown to the ground and arrested.

  Taupier, who is a former Wall Street chief officer at Citibank, said he has no prior record of arrests or charges – not even a speeding ticket – yet his home was invaded and his guns stolen based on a false allegation made by a person he does not even know, he said.

  Linda J. Allard, a West Hartford family law attorney, contacted Superior Court Judge Elizabeth L. Bozzuto, the judge assigned in his divorce proceeding, to discuss a private email she never received directly, he said. “I have never met Linda Allard. I didn’t do anything wrong. I sent an email to seven people that did not include Allard.”

  That did not stop the Cromwell police and the judicial marshal, acting outside of a criminal jurisdiction, from having him violently arrested, he said. Allard’s statement to the police, which is missing from evidence, falsely accuses Taupier of threatening Bozzuto in that email, he said. “I never sent any threat to her or anyone.”

  After being bailed out of jail, costing his family a total of three-quarters of a million dollars in bond, Taupier said he is assigned to 27 new bail and bond conditions, wears two ankle bracelets, which includes a GPS tracker, and is not permitted to leave the house except for court appearances. This is all despite the fact that the initial risk warrant was determined to be invalid in criminal court, he said.

“ I am on 24-7 lockdown. All my freedoms have been denied,” he said. “This happens to people in North Korea or in the Russian Gulag.”

  One day after the arrest, his contract with Citigroup as a financial officer was terminated. The job that gave him the opportunity to be at home with his children after school, instead of warehoused in day care, was taken away from him too, he said.

  Taupier’s arrest happened just two days after Tanya A. Taupier initiated an ex parte emergency hearing on Aug. 29 in which Bozzuto ordered their two children, aged 9 and 10, be extracted from one elementary school to another elementary school of Mrs. Taupier’s choice, said Taupier.

“ I have had 50-50 percent custody of my children for the past nine years,” he said. “I am an active and engaged parent – I love my kids.” Her extreme action is a result of a disagreement concerning the best schooling and after-school environment for their children, he said. “That’s what led to the false arrest.”

  In court Taupier’s ex-wife  said she wanted the school transfer to be as unobtrusive to the children as possible, but at the same time she requested a police escort, to extract two children in the middle of a school day, he said. “It not only violated the children’s rights, it terrorized them.”

  Mrs. Taupier then filed a full protective order against him, even though there was no family threat, he said. In court, Mrs. Taupier said Taupier’s possession of guns exposes the children to potential, deadly thugs that can hurt them. She makes this claim without any evidence, said Taupier. “In all the 12 years we have lived together there has never been a domestic violence incident.”

  Nonetheless, he said his 50-50 percent custody of the children was unilaterally dissolved by Bozzuto. The new judge assigned, because of the long length of this case, Judge Jorge A. Simon, accepted the ex-wife’s demand to cease weekend visitation and limit any visitation to supervised at a court approved location. “My time with my children now consists of two six-minute phone conversations per week.”

  All this time, the ex-wife failed to tell the court that out of the 13 guns that were in her possession, eight of them were given to him by her deceased father, he said. “Guns are a hobby for me. I purchase and collect guns to upgrade them,” said Taupier. “I’m an electrical engineer – I have mechanical skills.”

  It was the court appointed guardian ad litem, who initiated the gun ban against him without any evidence his hobby was a threat, he said. At the advice of then-counsel, Taupier agreed to temporarily remove the firearms from the home in exchange for time with his children. Time with his children would not be what the GAL proposed and Taupier later retrieved the firearms with the intention of selling his collection to offset legal costs, he said. “I have $50,000 custom made gun work, with enhanced triggers on my own guns.”

  Attorneys’ fees, mediation costs and GAL services that are dragging out the divorce, racked up fees in excess of $30,000, he said. “I have no money, no job, and I’m still not divorced.”

  The Connecticut Bar Association dismissed a grievance complaint filed by Taupier against the GAL, Margaret Bozek, because he said her actions did not seek the best interest of the children. “The GAL was not doing her job,” he said. Bozek recommended a full summer of revoked parental rights for Taupier. “My children want to see me. I want to see my children. How is separating us in their best interest?

  Family court, a court of equity, is using the children to punish Taupier for his political activism against GAL services, said Taupier. In a criminal jurisdiction Taupier is entitled to a Fernando hearing which would give him the right to be presented with his accuser. Family court circumvented criminal law by issuing a criminal order in a civil court arena, he said. “The risk warrant allowed officials to take custody and employ the SWAT teams.” In the criminal court, the risk warrant was deemed invalid, he said.

  For a state known as the “Constitution State” it does not follow the Constitution very well, he said. “There are First, Second, and Fourth Amendment violations – even my right to vote has been taken away.”

  Taupier believes his case is not an isolated one, he said.

  The entire family court system is embedded with players in a scam designed to soak money from good parents in order to fund a system that is completely broken. “I come from a big Irish, Catholic family. Family is everything to us,” said Taupier. “My family has been destroyed by family court.” “

 

Thanks to Human Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Justice Department Defends US Marshals’ Airborne Cell Tower Spoofers; Refuses To Acknowledge Program Exists

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Justice Department has been summoned to say a few words in defense of the US Marshals’ Cessna-mounted cell tower spoofers. And while it tried to leave a lot unsaid, it actually said quite a bit.

  The Justice Department, without formally acknowledging the existence of the program, defended the legality of the operation by the U.S. Marshals Service, saying the agency doesn’t maintain a database of everyday Americans’ cellphones.

  Because America’s criminal element is forever only moments away from permanently escaping the grasp of law enforcement, the DOJ has refused to confirm or deny the existence of technology everyone already knows exists — IMSI catchers and single-engine aircraft. The DOJ’s caginess is commendable. I’m sorry, I mean ridiculous. Here’s the same official further protecting and defending The Program That Dare Not Confirm Its Existence, using statements that indicate the program exposed by the Wall Street Journal not only exists, but functions pretty much as described.

  A Justice Department official on Friday refused to confirm or deny the existence of such a program, because doing so would allow criminals to better evade law enforcement. But the official said it would be “utterly false’’ to conflate the law-enforcement program with the collection of bulk telephone records by the National Security Agency, a controversial program already being challenged in the courts and by some members of Congress.

  No one’s conflating the feds’ airborne ‘Stingray’ with the NSA’s ongoing bulk phone records collections. All people have done is note that surveillance technology of this sort has the ability to collect (and store) millions of unrelated phone records in a very short period of time. “

 

Read the rest at Techdirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-15-14 to 11-17-14

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

” Here are the 7 reports tracked for Saturday, November 15 to Sunday, November 17, 2014:

  • Update: Campbell, Wisconsin (Previously reported 07-25-14): The police chief pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge that accused him of harassing a local tea party activist by using his email to sign him up for multiple online dating, insurance, and pornography websites. ly/Eq3lV
  • Holyoke, Massachusetts: A police officer who drew his gun following a heated argument with another officer at a restaurant was fired following an investigation. ly/EpKPi
  • Beardstown, Illinois: Police arrested one of their own officers on charges of theft, criminal damage to government-supported property, and official misconduct. ly/Eowfs
  • Hoffman Estates, Illinois: An officer allegedly made a phone call to people in a hotel room warning them that officers were on their way. Police were responding to a complaint of loud noise and a marijuana smell. ly/Eoybf
  • Phoenix, Arizona: A detective is facing charges of domestic violence and disorderly conduct after he allegedly got into a fight with his girlfriend.ly/EovHa
  • Rocky Ford, Colorado: A police officer has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of a 27-year-old man. He is being held on a $1 million bond. ly/Eovw9
  • Update: Placer County, California (Previously reported 07-14-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy pled no contest to a single felony charge of having unlawful sex with a minor. ly/EqayE “

 

 

Cato Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

80-Year-Old Man Says Police Beat Him

 

 

Bill Swan

 

 

 

” A Lone Jack grandfather says he fears for his life after a run in with police.

  Bill Swan was on his tractor when he took issue with a utility crew trying to dig on his property. His family says that before long the Lone Jack police arrived and Swan was left bloodied and more from being yanked off the tractor.

” I’m afraid for us to even drive out of our driveway or to get on the street. I don’t know what they will do,” Libby Swan, Bill’s wife, said.

  Libby Swan hasn’t asked her husband all of what happened because she doesn’t want to put him through the ordeal right now.

” It’s very unnerving that something happened to him,” she said.

  She can only guess that the 80-year-old ended up with a bloodied face, bruised hip and two ribs broken because his hearing is really bad.

” Sometimes I have to get right in his face and talk to him,” Libby Swan said.

  The Swan’s grandson says the arresting officers told him they yanked Bill Swan off his tractor because he refused to get off when they ordered him to, then he tried to run over the officers. He said Bill Swan was booked for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault on an officer.”

 

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How Car Insurance Just Inadvertently Provided A Revolutionary New Way To Fight Speeding Tickets

 

 

 

 

 

” The total number of people who receive speeding tickets is 41,000,000 a year with an average cost of $152.00 each. That is 1 in every 5 licensed drivers in the US.

  The total number of speeding tickets paid each year $6,232,000,000.

  Police and judges are completely dependent upon ‘catching’ people speeding. They need you to speed in order to make their salaries. This gives them a positive incentive to keep this revenue stream going which can lead to less than ethical means to collecting revenue.

  Sure, driving excessively fast can be a hazard on the road, but how many of these tickets issued are actually legitimate.

  In April the Free Thought Project reported a story out of McKinney, TX where officers knew their radar guns were reporting significantly higher speeds than drivers were actually driving.

  Their solution? No need to fix the equipment, just keep writing tickets.

  Radar guns malfunction all the time. Regular maintenance must be properly conducted in order for the devices clock the driver’s precise speed.

  But what about Laser guns, LiDAR? Those are 100% accurate, right? Wrong.

  In 2005 a BBC program Inside Out demonstrated how the LiDAR speed gun most commonly used in the UK, the LTI 20.20 could create exaggerated readings.

  A retired Sergeant, who used to be part of this racket explains speeding tickets as such, “’Indiscriminate revenue gathering’ It is absolutely disgusting. The government and the Police Force need to hang their heads in shame.”

  The retired officer’s number one reason for why you should dispute all traffic tickets, is that often the charges are incorrect or the evidence is illegally or incorrectly gathered.

  Knowing that police collect these billions through incorrect, fallacious, and often illegal practices, it has still been hard to beat these tickets. Until now.

  Insurance companies have come up with a novel way to lower driver premiums by installing monitors in the vehicles of their customers.”

 

 

See the details at The Free Thought Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Rape Charges For Hartford Corrections Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Hartford correction officer accused of raping several women in Hartford and New Britain is facing new charges.

  Kelvin Grisales, 31, was first arrested in April in connection with the sexual assault of a Hartford woman. A month later, he was charged in the brutal attack on a prostitute in New Britain in 2012.

  Police said DNA evidence links Grisales to at least three other incidents and more charges have been filed out of Hartford.

  According to Hartford police, Grisales offered the victim a ride on Park Street in September 2012. He took out a gun and threatened to kill her, then sexually assaulted and robbed the woman.”

NBC Connecticut

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