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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.30.15

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Cops Thru Out The Nation Being Demonized Due To Baltimore

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.29.15

 

 

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

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

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.28.15

 

 

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

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

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.25.15 To 04.27.15

 

 

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

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

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.24.15

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

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The Five Deadliest Police States Of 2014

 

 

 

 

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

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

Get the specifics at CopBlock.com

” Six things you can do to reduce the slaughter:

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Feds Play The Race Card To Crush Parents’ Revolt Against Common Core

 

 

” There was a time when Common Core supporters loudly insisted the program — adopted by no fewer than 46 states — was most assuredly not federal, that any allegation that this astounding national uniformity was the result of federal pressure was a nasty, vicious lie. The State Standards Initiative confidently declares as “myth” the assertions that “Common Core State Standards were adopted by states as part of the [federal] Race to the Top grant program” or that the “federal government will take over ownership” of Common Core. The Initiative’s position is clear: “The federal government will not govern the Common Core State Standards. The Common Core was and will remain a state-led effort.” (Emphasis in original.)

  Yet when Common Core is threatened by a large-scale parental revolt, look who moves in to crush the dissenters’ dreams — Arne Duncan, the race-baiting (federal) Secretary of Education.

  Last week an estimated 184,000 New York students (out of 1.1 million) opted out of this year’s Common Core–mandated English tests, a more than three-fold increase from last year’s 60,000 opt-outs. Large-scale opt-outs threaten the validity of the tests, decreasing the likelihood that they fairly measure overall student achievement. In some schools the opt-out rates have crippled the tests. One Manhattan school reported an 85 percent opt-out rate, and other schools — including one in Park Slope, Brooklyn — have reported opt-out rates exceeding 30 percent.”

” With the tests in crisis, Arne Duncan said this week that if the states can’t fix themselves, the federal government will “have an obligation to step in.” This means not just threatening to cut federal funding, but essentially forcing states to withhold their own funds from delinquent schools. ”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.23.15

 

 

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

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

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Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts

 

 

 

 

” What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is not true that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised?

  I was. As a philosopher, I already knew that many college-aged students don’t believe in moral facts. While there are no national surveys quantifying this phenomenon, philosophy professors with whom I have spoken suggest that the overwhelming majority of college freshmen in their classrooms view moral claims as mere opinions that are not true or are true only relative to a culture.

  What I didn’t know was where this attitude came from. Given the presence of moral relativism in some academic circles, some people might naturally assume that philosophers themselves are to blame. But they aren’t. There are historical examples of philosophers who endorse a kind of moral relativism, dating back at least to Protagoras who declared that “man is the measure of all things,” and several who deny that there are any moral facts whatsoever. But such creatures are rare. Besides, if students are already showing up to college with this view of morality, it’s very unlikely that it’s the result of what professional philosophers are teaching. So where is the view coming from?

  A few weeks ago, I learned that students are exposed to this sort of thinking well before crossing the threshold of higher education. When I went to visit my son’s second grade open house, I found a troubling pair of signs hanging over the bulletin board. They read:

Fact: Something that is true about a subject and can be tested or proven.

Opinion: What someone thinks, feels, or believes.

  Hoping that this set of definitions was a one-off mistake, I went home and Googled “fact vs. opinion.” The definitions I found online were substantially the same as the one in my son’s classroom. As it turns out, the Common Core standards used by a majority of K-12 programs in the country require that students be able to “distinguish among fact, opinion, and reasoned judgment in a text.” And the Common Core institute provides a helpful page full of links to definitions, lesson plans and quizzes to ensure that students can tell the difference between facts and opinions.

  So what’s wrong with this distinction and how does it undermine the view that there are objective moral facts? “

Find out at the NY Times

Loretta Lynch Confirmed As New Attorney General — Here Are The 10 Republicans Who Voted For Her

 

 

 

 

” The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next attorney general, with the help of 10 Republicans who ignored complaints that Lynch would use her new position to support what many say is President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional immigration plan.

  The Senate voted 56–43 in favor of Lynch, approving her with help of Sens. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “

 

 

A republican “majority” is worthless when made up of spineless RINOs such as these …

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.22.15

 

 

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” Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 22, 2015:

  • Update: San Bernardino County, California (First reported 04-10-15) : The county settled with man beaten by police after chase on horse for $650,000. Footage of the beating was caught by a news helicopter flying overhead. http://lat.ms/1DJM00P
  • Pasadena, Texas: A now-former officer was found not guilty of oppression in the shooting of a 19-year-old man in the face during a DWI stop in 2011. ow.ly/LXDVQ
  • Update: Chicago, Illinois (First reported 11-26-13): A detective was found not guilty of manslaughter in the killing of Rekia Boyd. She was shot in the back of the head by the detective as she stood in an alley. He shot into the alley from out of the window of his car. At the time the detective was charged, the county attorney said, “”It’s a sad day when charges are warranted against a police officer, but we feel very strongly that in this particular case Ms. Rekia Boyd lost her life for no reason…And in evaluating all the facts that I saw, I felt that [the detective’s] actions were not appropriate, not justified and were reckless.”” The City previously settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the Boyd estate for $4.5 million. The judge issued a seven-page opinion that said the charge of involuntary manslaughter was inappropriate given the circumstances of the case. The detective cannot be tried again because of double jeopardy protections.   ow.ly/LY6DU
  • St. Petersburg, Florida: A detective was arrested on a domestic battery charge. ow.ly/LYjvm
  • Park Ridge, Illinois: An officer was suspended for texting image of a sexual nature to a woman who had recently dealt with police. ow.ly/LYAwY
  • Butler County, Ohio: A deputy was arrested for having sexual contact with a minor. ow.ly/LYIlN
  • Update: Richland County, South Carolina (First reported 10-15-13): A now-former deputy was sentenced to time served for assaulting female soldier at a bar in 2013. ow.ly/LYRF5
 
 

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Cop Smash & Grab: Houston Police Caught on Video Kicking in Door to Business, Stealing Cash

SHOCK VIDEO: Cop Armed with an AR-15 Charges at Woman Filming Police, Smashes Her Phone

Cops Removed Clothes From Young Woman’s Dead Body, Took Nude Photos (VIDEO)

 

TEXAS STATE TROOPER SHOOTS AT MOTORCYCLIST ON BUSY HIGHWAY, THEN KICKS HIM AS HE’S SURRENDERING

 

Teenage Students Forced To Strip and “Shake” Their Breasts In School Drug Search

 

The FBI Faked An Entire Field Of Forensic Science

 

Two Weeks After Cops Beat This Man, He Received a $650,000 Settlement

 

Man Arrested For “Sagging Pants” Dies In Jail Cell After Several Guards Pile On Top Of Him

 

Virginia Cop Detains Washington D.C. Television News Videographer, Fearing Camera Vest Could be Tactical Gear (Updated)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.18.15 To 04.21.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 18, through Tuesday, April 21, 2015:

  • Denver, Colorado: An officer was suspended for an altercation that was caught on video. Despite 18 previous excessive force allegations against him, this was the first one that was sustained. ow.ly/LTWeN
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 11-18-14): An officer pled not guilty to assault. The alleged victim filed a lawsuit in November. The incident was video recorded. ow.ly/LTX0h
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. ow.ly/LTXqF
  • Shreveport, Louisiana: An officer was arrested for battery and placed on leave. ow.ly/LU1tL
  • Catoosa County, Tennessee: The department initiated a series of personnel shifts after several misconduct reports. Two deputies are no longer with the department, one is on leave, and a fourth was demoted. The incidents include DUI, inappropriate use of a firearm, stealing prescription medication, and failure to respond to an emergency call. ow.ly/LUqjp
  • Baltimore, Maryland: Six officers have been suspended pending an investigation into how a man suffered spine injury in custody. That man died of his injuries a week later.  ow.ly/LVBPd
  • United States Marshals (South Gate, CA): The USMS is investigating an incident in which a marshal or officer working with the marshals seized and attempted to destroy a woman’s phone for recording them. This incident was caught by another person’s cell phone footage. The marshal/officer has yet to be identified. ow.ly/LVEKy
  • Orange County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for DUI. ow.ly/LVLD4
 

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More Than 9,000 Gallons Of Fuel To Be Used On Air Force One For Obama’s Trip To Everglades On Earth Day

 

 

 

 

” With swampy wetlands and alligators as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will use a visit to Florida’s Everglades to warn of the damage that climate change is already inflicting on the nation’s environmental treasures — and to hammer political opponents he says are doing far too little about it.

  Obama’s trip to the Everglades on Wednesday, timed to coincide with Earth Day, marks an attempt to connect the dots between theoretical arguments about carbon emissions and real-life implications. With his climate change agenda under attack in Washington and courthouses across the U.S., Obama has sought this week to force Americans to envision a world in which cherished natural wonders fall victim to pollution.

  According to CBS News White House Correspondent Mark Knoller, Obama’s Earth Day trip to the Everglades will cover 1,836 miles roundtrip and consume 9,180 gallons of fuel on Air Force One.

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Police Kill More Whites Than Blacks, But Minority Deaths Generate More Outrage

 

 

 

” Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison says she wants to see an officer shoot an unarmed white teenager in the back before agreeing that the “conversation about race” is over, but she almost certainly already has received her wish.

  An analysis released last week shows that more white people died at the hands of law enforcement than those of any other race in the last two years, even as the Justice Department, social-justice groups and media coverage focus on black victims of police force.

“ People keep saying, ‘We need to have a conversation about race,’” Ms. Morrison told the (U.K.) Telegraph in an April 19 interview.

  As researchers are quick to point out, FBI data on police shootings by race is notoriously incomplete, which may explain why Peter Moskos, assistant professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at the City University of New York, decided to use figures from the website Killed by Police.

  Based on that data, Mr. Moskos reported that roughly 49 percent of those killed by officers from May 2013 to April 2015 were white, while 30 percent were black. He also found that 19 percent were Hispanic and 2 percent were Asian and other races.

  His results, posted last week on his blog Cop in the Hood, arrived with several caveats, notably that 25 percent of the website’s data, which is drawn largely from news reports, failed to show the race of the person killed.

  Killed by Police lists every death, justified or not, including those in which the officer had been wounded or acted in self-defense.”

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 04.17.15

 

 

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” Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 17, 2015:

  • Worcester, Massachusetts: An officer was arrested for assault & battery and a civil rights violation for abusing an inmate awaiting transfer. The City’s press release said the victim “was forced against a wall, punched, thrown to the floor and kicked” by the officer. ow.ly/LIsph
  • Akron, Ohio: An officer was accused of stalking and threatening the life of his ex-girlfriend. ow.ly/LIsXN
  • Update: Athens County, Ohio (First reported 02-04-14): The now-former sheriff was sentenced to seven years in prison on corruption and perjury charges. He is appealing. ow.ly/LItNp
  • Update: Clark County, Indiana (First reported 07-30-14): The now-former sheriff was given a fine and sentenced to probation for his role in a case involving a sex worker and evidence destruction. ow.ly/LIuyX
  • Laceyville, Pennsylvania: The now-former chief pled guilty to DUI while on duty. His BAC was 3 times the legal limit. ow.ly/LIv9u
  • Richmond County, Georgia: A deputy has been accused of rape. ow.ly/LIvP7
  • Update: Inkster, Michigan (First reported 03-30-15): An officer was suspended indefinitely for his role in a violent arrest caught on dashboard camera. ow.ly/LIx5q
  • Update: Jupiter, Florida (First reported 09-12-13): An officer was found not guilty of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. ow.ly/LIwwT
 

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Oregon Miners Call For Peaceful Protest Against Federal Government After Enlisting Militia Groups

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Owners of a gold mining claim in southern Oregon who enlisted armed activists to guard the mine amid a land dispute with the federal government plan a peaceful protest this week but want to avoid a standoff.

  A co-owner of the Sugar Pine Mine, Rick Barclay, called in armed guards from the conservative Oath Keepers activist group after federal officials served him with a stop-work order last month for failing to comply with federal regulations.

  Federal officials said in a letter to the owners they needed to file plans for the gold mining and equipment on the land or cease operations. The miners argue they have exclusive surface rights and do not have to follow federal regulations.

  Mine spokesman Kerby Jackson said the miners were now calling for a “peaceful protest” at local Oregon Bureau of Land Management offices around Oregon on Thursday. Jackson said the owners were meeting with their attorney on Monday.

“ We are calling on all miners, loggers, farmers/ranchers and freedom lovers everywhere who are tired of government abuse to tell the BLM … that they are sick to death of the way that they have been conducting themselves,” the Sugar Pine Mine website said.”

 

 

Raw Story has much more on the latest attempted power grab by the Feds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anonymous: Urgent Update Jade Helm

 

 

 

 

We Are Anonymous

We are legion 

We do not forgive

We do not forget

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Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘I Thought It Was A Home Invasion’

 

 

” Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking.

  She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram.

  She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full view of the police. Some yelled at her to grab some clothes, others yelled for her to open the door.

“ I was so afraid,” she says. “I did not know what to do.” She grabbed some clothes, opened the door, and dressed right in front of the police. The dogs were still frantic.

“ I begged and begged, ‘Please don’t shoot my dogs, please don’t shoot my dogs, just don’t shoot my dogs.’ I couldn’t get them to stop barking, and I couldn’t get them outside quick enough. I saw a gun and barking dogs. I was scared and knew this was a bad mix.”

  She got the dogs safely out of the house, just as multiple armed agents rushed inside. Some even barged into the bathroom, where her partner was in the shower. The officer or agent in charge demanded that Cindy sit on the couch, but she wanted to get up and get a cup of coffee.

“ I told him this was my house and I could do what I wanted.” Wrong thing to say. “This made the agent in charge furious. He towered over me with his finger in my face and yelled like a drill sergeant that I either do it his way or he would handcuff me.” “

 

 

Cindy Archer and her family are not alone …

 

 

” It was indeed a home invasion, but the people who were pouring in were Wisconsin law-enforcement officers. Armed, uniformed police swarmed into the house. Plainclothes investigators cornered her and her newly awakened family. Soon, state officials were seizing the family’s personal property, including each person’s computer and smartphone, filled with the most intimate family information. 

  Why were the police at Anne’s home? She had no answers. The police were treating them the way they’d seen police treat drug dealers on television.

  In fact, TV or movies were their only points of reference, because they weren’t criminals. They were law-abiding. They didn’t buy or sell drugs. They weren’t violent. They weren’t a danger to anyone. Yet there were cops — surrounding their house on the outside, swarming the house on the inside. They even taunted the family as if they were mere “perps.”

  As if the home invasion, the appropriation of private property, and the verbal abuse weren’t enough, next came ominous warnings.

  Don’t call your lawyer.

  Don’t tell anyone about this raid. Not even your mother, your father, or your closest friends.”

 

National Review has more on these Gestapo-like tactics in America’s heartland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cops Go To Wrong House To Make Arrest, Let Dog Out, Shoot At Dog In Crowded Area

 

” Several officers attempting to make an arrest at the wrong house quickly turned their incompetence into a deadly situation.

  As police were trying to force their way into the wrong home, they irresponsibly let the home owner’s dog loose.

  When the dog ran out, he was naturally in an excited state. The dog jumped on a frightened lieutenant but didn’t cause any harm. Then one NYPD officer, with absolutely no regard for his surroundings pulled out his service weapon and fired his gun at point blank range.

  As the incident unfolded, a crowd had gathered, some of the people in the crowd had their cameras rolling. One video captured this reckless shooting first hand, from only several feet away.

  Luckily for this dog, this officer was a horrid shot. Also lucky were the people in the crowd who managed to avoid being hit by any of the bullet fragments as they ricocheted off the concrete.

“ No, no you wrong. You wrong. You’re dead *expletive* wrong for that,” a person in the crowd yelled after the officer shot.”

 

Read more at the Free Thought Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There Is A Storm Coming

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Along with Tax Day, this year April 15th marked Holocaust Remembrance Day, to remind us of the horrors perpetrated by Nazi Germany and its European allies against the stateless and hapless Jews a mere 70 years ago. The largest Jewish cemetery in the world is called Europe.

  Before the Second World War, there were some 18 million Jews. After the war there were only 12 million remaining. The six million who perished soaked the benighted soil of Europe with their blood and filled the skies with their ashes.

  But these were the Jewish victims of the 20th century. For nearly two millennia, millions more had died and suffered cruel martyrdom.

  Yet the continued existence of the Jews throughout terrible and persistent persecutions remains one of the greatest of all miracles, surpassed only by the rebirth of Israel.   

  We often call the horrors inflicted upon the Jewish people and faith by its nineteenth-century term: anti-Semitism. But it is a poison within humanity, a persistent virus that remains impervious to eradication. Simply put, it is Jew hatred. It has erupted again throughout Europe and mirrors in its perversions and mindless violence the stark memories of the Third Reich.

  France has given us great literature and wondrous music. But that nation also gave us the notorious Dreyfus Affair and the Vichy regime that happily rounded up its Jewish citizens and sent them to the German death camps. That same nation is now submerged under a vast influx of Muslim immigrants who spew Jew hatred learned by rote from the Koran and the Hadith.

  Many Frenchmen and women joined them in an orgy of utter hate against the embattled but reconstituted Jewish homeland: Israel. That ugly spectacle contained within it the old virus: Jew hatred.”

 

Read Victor Sharpe‘s entire piece at American Thinker 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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