Category: Police State


Kristiana Coignard: ‘Anonymous’ Hacker Group Threatens Revenge For Teen Girl Slain By Cops

 

 

 

 

” The heartbreaking case of Kristiana Coignard, a 17-year-old girl gunned down by Longview, Texas, police officers in the lobby of their own police station last Thursday, has drawn the attention of the online hacker collective “Anonymous,” which threatened retaliation Saturday against the police and the city of Longview over the girl’s death by police gunfire.

  The Inquisitr on Sunday reported the tragic but equally mysterious story of the Kristiana Coignard killing, which took place after the teen walked into the Longview police station lobby in the early evening and used a courtesy phone, requesting to speak with an officer.

“ When Officers arrived they were confronted by a white female who threatened them,” according to the Longview Police Facebook page. “The suspect brandished a weapon, made threatening movements toward the officers and was shot.” “

  Kristiana Coignard was reportedly shot “multiple times,” with three officers involved. She was transported to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead. But police have not released any video or audio of the incident though they have acknowledged that such evidence exists.”

 

 

 

  Here is a surveillance camera video of the killing. The confrontation escalates to the physical at about eight minutes and the shooting starts at approximately the 11 minute mark: 

 

 

 

 

 

The police’s version of events goes like this:

 

” According to police, Kristiana Coignard entered the lobby of the police station at 6:28 p.m., picked up the lobby phone and asked for help, but she would not say why she needed help.

  Officer Glenn Derr was the first officer to arrive. When he did, police say Coignard indicated that she had a gun.

“ She had ‘I have a gun’ written on her hand,” Brian said.

  A physical confrontation began when Derr tried to secure Coignard. 

  During the confrontation, Derr determined Coignard had a butcher knife that she was trying to pull from her waistband.

  Derr got away from Coignard. Then, Officer Gene Duffie entered the lobby during the confrontation and drew his Taser.

  A third officer, Grace Bagley, entered the department lobby and saw Coignard had a knife. Police say Coignard charged Derr with the knife in a threatening manner. Duffie then deployed his Taser at Coignard, but police said it had no effect.

  Derr then fired his weapon three times, and Bagley fired her weapon twice. “

     A careful viewing of the video begs many questions . For one , why was Officer Derr alone in dealing with the girl for the first few minutes , why after he had her on the ground , face down was he not able to keep her there , and finally after two other officers arrive , why do they allow her to stand up ? Also , in the video it is apparent that after again gaining her footing , the young lady does not charge the cops , but heads for the counter when the officers open fire . Where was the imminent threat ?

   Another question that comes to mind is what kind of marksmanship training do these cops receive when  three officers had to fire five shots in the confines of the lobby ? What was the range ? 10 feet ? 15 tops ?

    Undoubtedly the police will rule the shooting justified , as is nearly always the case , but we find it disgraceful that three officers were incapable of subduing a slender teenaged girl , armed with a knife or not , without using deadly force . Apparently the officer’s singular duty is to protect their own lives and not those of the public . Shameful .

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.28.15

 

 

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” These are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 28, 2015:

  • Nolensville, Tennessee: A now-former officer was sentenced to four years of probation and ordered to pay a $1000 fine for official misconduct and tampering with evidence. He solicited inappropriate texts from a minor. ow.ly/I5dpz
  • Miramar, Florida: A federal appeals court upheld a $7,000,000 judgment against two now-former officers. In 1983, the officers coerced a mentally challenged 15-year-old boy to confess to rape and murder and withheld exculpatory evidence in his case. He served 26 years before being exonerated by DNA evidence in 2009.  ow.ly/I5eRY
  • Assumption Parish, Louisiana: A deputy was fired after an arrest for domestic violence. He allegedly threw his wife to the ground repeatedly. When a female deputy responded to the home, he assaulted her and attempted to disarm her.  ow.ly/I63iQ
  • Ogden, Utah: A now-former police officer and Weber-Morgan drug task force agent was arrested for drug distribution. According to the news report, on two occasions, he approached a woman to buy prescription drugs from a third party in exchange for money. The officer, who was then assigned to the narcotics unit, never paid the woman and she subsequently reported him to authorities. One criminal case has already been dismissed and others may be threatened by the officer’s alleged misconduct.ow.ly/I5N7M
  • Stanislaus County, California: A detective was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. ow.ly/I6hlz
  • Chesapeake, Virginia: The City settled a lawsuit for $50,000 brought by a 70-year-old woman who claimed police wrongfully arrested her and slammed her onto the ground in her own home. The City did not accept responsibility in the incident. The officer and now-former officer involved in the incident disputes the plaintiff’s claims, but the body camera evidence submitted in the lawsuit has not been made public. ow.ly/I6iCw
  • Update: Tallahassee, Florida (First reported 10-02-14): The officer who shot a taser into a 61-year-old woman’s back has been suspended for one month without pay. Video of the incident showed the woman walking away and then falling to the ground face-first after the officer tasered her.  ow.ly/I6ubc
 
 

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Students Forced To Expose Underwear For Inspection

 

 

 

 

 

” In Gustine, population 457, what happens at the schoolhouse affects nearly everyone. And something happened Monday that is causing a big controversy in this small town.

“I felt uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to do it,” said 11-year-old Eliza Medina. “I felt like they violated my privacy.”

  She was one of about two dozen elementary students who were rounded up in the small town 90 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

  Eliza’s mother, Maria Medina, said boys were taken to one room, girls to another, and they were ordered “to pull down their pants to check them to see if they could find anything.” “

 

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Police Misconduct NewsFeed Recap 01.27.15

 

 

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” These are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, January 27, 2015:

  • Atlantic City, New Jersey: A now-former officer pled guilty to official misconduct and sexual assault of a minor. In addition to instances of sexual contact, he exposed himself while on video chat with the girl while on duty.ow.ly/I17xa
  • New York, New York: The district attorney for Brooklyn is investigating claims that officers planted guns on innocent people. ow.ly/I1dd6
  • Indianapolis, Indiana: An officer was arrested for domestic battery. ow.ly/I1hw9
  • Chesapeake, Virginia: A deputy was charged with DUI and misdemeanor hit and run. He allegedly collided with and spun out another car and drove away. The driver of the car was discharged from the hospital but had not yet returned to work at the time of the news report. The deputy was arrested at his home. ow.ly/I1ps7
  • Yellow Springs, Ohio: A sergeant was charged with assault, interfering with civil rights, and disorderly conduct for forcefully taking away a witness’s camera. ow.ly/I28Lf
  • Update: Sturgis, Michigan (First reported 10-31-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to DUI. He crashed his pickup and had a BAC more than twice the legal limit.  ow.ly/I2Q8Q
  • Darke County, Ohio: An auxiliary deputy pled guilty to sexual contact with a minor. He had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl who attended the high school where he worked. ow.ly/I38D2
 
 

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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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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.24.15 To 01.26.15

 

 

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” 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

 

 

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” 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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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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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

 

 

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” 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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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.21.15

 

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” 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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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01.17.15 to 01.19.15

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, January 17 through Monday, January 19, 2015:

  • Columbia, South Carolina: An officer was suspended without pay after a use-of-force incident was caught on video and made public. He is shown in the video repeatedly striking a suspect who appears to be  subdued. The internal investigation is ongoing. http://ow.ly/HBrGp
  • Holly Springs, Georgia: A now-former officer was indicted on false statement and theft by deception charges. He is alleged to have lied about receiving the Purple Heart on several official documents which allowed him to receive tax benefits to which he was not entitled. http://ow.ly/HEpjM
  • Washington, Pennsylvania: An officer’s plea deal was rejected by a judge. He’s accused of tipping-off a prostitute to a police sting. He is alleged to have had an ongoing sexual relationship with the woman. ow.ly/HBodm
  • West Monroe, Louisiana: An officer was arrested and charged with negligent homicide in shooting of a homeless man.ow.ly/HBs9T
  • Prescott Valley, Arizona: A police commander has resigned after he was caught stealing prescription drugs that had been turned-in by the public to be destroyed. ow.ly/HDpBe
  • New York, New York: The city and police department settled a lawsuit for $75,000. The suit alleged two officers used a chokehold against a driver during a traffic stop. Chokeholds have been banned by the NYPD since 1993. ow.ly/HDtw8
  • Pine Beach, New Jersey: An officer was charged with DUI after accidentally shooting a friend in his car in an off-duty incident. The wound was not life-threatening.  ow.ly/HDB3m
  • North Miami Beach, Florida: An officer faces disciplinary action for ‘conduct unbecoming’ after his arrest at a protest. He allegedly refused to remove his mask or provide identification until he was found to be carrying a firearm.  ow.ly/HEhf2
  • UPDATE: Wichita Falls, Texas (First reported 03-24-12): A now-former officer was convicted on three manslaughter counts in fatal crash and was sentenced to eight years in prison. He was driving his patrol car at approximately 75 miles per hour while on prescription medication. He was not responding to an emergency call at the time of the accident that killed a 13-year-old girl and her pregnant 17-year-old cousin. Wichita Falls settled a lawsuit brought by the surviving family in 2012 for $500,000.  ow.ly/HEyAz
 
 

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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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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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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-15-15

 

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” These are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 15, 2015:

  • Update: Buffalo, New York (First reported 08-12-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $300,000 for his role in a large marijuana grow operation. http://1.usa.gov/1C8RtOH
  • Titusville, Florida (First reported 03-07-14): A now-former officer was found guilty on drug conspiracy charges. He accepted $500 to guard what he believed to be a cocaine deal while he was in uniform. He also accessed police database in furtherance of his illicit activities. http://ow.ly/HkYe5
  • Los Angeles County, California: Three deputies have been suspended while they are investigated for bribery involving a towing scheme. No criminal charges have been filed yet so their names and other details have not been released. ow.ly/HnRnU 
  • Update: Baltimore, Maryland (First reported 06-18-14): One of the two officers charged with animal cruelty for slitting a dog’s throat had his case dismissed. Charges against the other officer are still pending. ow.ly/HnIDY 
  • Shelby County, Tennessee: A deputy has been suspended while he is investigated for assaulting his girlfriend’s two-year-old child. He allegedly disciplined the child for having a dirty diaper. ow.ly/HnB07 
  • Durham, North Carolina: An officer was suspended because he is being investigated for domestic assault against his wife. ow.ly/Hn5ya 
  • Update: Bridgeport, Connecticut (First reported 08-08-14): One of the three police officers caught on video “stomping” a suspect in a park was acquitted for civil rights violations after a three day federal trial. The other two now-former officers previously pled guilty and did not testify in this trial. http://ow.ly/Hn7tQ 
  • Update: Tuckerton, New Jersey (First reported 04-15-14): An officer was indicted on falsification charges stemming from an incident where he sicced a K9 on a 57-year-old woman in custody. The prosecutor alleged the officer lied on official documents to cover-up his conduct. ow.ly/HnDEn 
  • Coraopolis, Pennsylvania: The police chief was charged for his role in a vehicular accident that left a woman seriously injured. ly/HnOXX 
 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 01-14-15

 

 

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” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 14, 2015:

  • Polk County, Florida: A deputy faces a domestic violence charge after an argument with his wife at their home. Both he and his wife were charged in the incident. http://ow.ly/Hh2uv
  • Update: Irwindale, California (First reported 03-18-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually assaulting woman during a traffic stop. He had pled no contest to charges of oral copulation under color of authority and sexual battery by restraint. http://ow.ly/Hh2Sf 
  • Chatham County, Georgia: Two deputies were put on leave for “inappropriate actions” after a mentally ill man died in custody. The man’s girlfriend had given the arresting officers his medication and requested that he be taken to the hospital because he was having a bi-polar episode, but he was instead taken to the jail. He was found non-responsive in a restraining chair in his cell after an altercation with deputies at the jail. The investigation into his death is on-going. http://ow.ly/Hh4pL 
  • Orlando, Florida: An officer was suspended for eight hours for inadequately searching the area after a car was reported to have been driven into a pond. The body of the driver was found in the car in the pond one month after the first report of the incident. The department announced it changed policies regarding searches in bodies of water.  http://ow.ly/Hh5F0 
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 07-13-12): A now-former officer was sentenced to 15.5-23.5 years in prison for fraud, counterfeiting, and conspiring to kill a witness. According to the news report, this sentence will run concurrently with the 12.5-14.5 years he is serving for robbery and drug charges. The officer’s actions were uncovered in an investigation originally opened to look into his ticket-fixing scheme. The investigation uncovered widespread misconduct and corruption in the NYPD, resulting in the indictments of 15 officers and administrative sanctions against “hundreds of others.” http://ow.ly/Hj8NK 
  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for domestic violence and home invasion. According to the news report, the officer kicked down a door during a domestic argument in the middle of the night.http://ow.ly/Hjags 
  • Miami-Dade, Florida: A police officer was jailed for aggravated assault for shooting at a correctional officer in alleged road rage incident. The officer was off-duty when he allegedly shot out of the window of the vehicle he was in and hit the taillight of the corrections officer. http://ow.ly/HktZu 
  • Update: Jersey City, New Jersey (First reported 08-06-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing 600,000 cigarettes and extorting $20,000 from a suspected drug courier. The courier was actually an undercover FBI agent. http://ow.ly/Hkvri 
  • Update: Trumbull, Connecticut (First reported 02-26-14): A now-former officer was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and 10 years of probation for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a police youth program. He took her to his home, ordered her into his bedroom, and sexually assaulted her there. He received half of the 5 year sentence agreed-to in a plea bargain because of his “years of good service with the police department,” according to news reports.  http://bit.ly/1ybgJEq

 

 

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