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Top 5 NFL Hits To Taxpayers

 

 

 

 

Published on Jan 30, 2015

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Hillary Clinton Faces Scrutiny For Use Of Private Jets

 

 

 

” Hillary Clinton took more than 200 privately chartered flights at taxpayer expense during her eight years in the U.S. Senate, sometimes using the jets of corporations and major campaign donors as she racked up $225,756 in flight costs.

  Clinton, 67, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, reported the travel in official filings with the Senate. The records were provided to Bloomberg News by a Republican operative.

  Some of the companies whose planes she used included Coca-Cola Co., Citigroup Inc. and Saban Capital Group Inc.

  While the flights fell within congressional rules and were not out of the ordinary for senators at the time, they could play into the emerging Republican line of attack that Clinton’s wealth and years in government office have left her out of touch with the voters she’ll court on the campaign trail. 

  Republican Mitt Romney, who is considering another bid for president, took a swipe at Clinton’s suggestion to voters that “corporations and businesses” don’t create jobs when he spoke in Starkville, Mississippi, last night.”

 

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Initial Jobless Claims Collapse To 15 Year Lows But Shale States Job Losses Explode

 

 

 

 

” After 4 weeks missing expectations (and 3 above the crucial 300k mark), initial jobless claims totally and utterly collapsed last week. Printing 265k (beating the 300k expectation by the most in years), the 13.9% drop WoW was the biggest since September 2005!!! This is the lowest initial claims data since the financial crisis and in fact the lowest since April 2000. But it is the story from the Shale states that is most troubling as initial claims through the 2nd week of January (data is lagged by state) show a massive surge in initial claims as unambiguously good news is very much not for many thousands across these regions.”

 

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New York, Northeast Lead Nation In ‘Outmigration

 

 

 

 

 

” New York State and the Northeast region led the nation in domestic net “outmigration” in the period from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014 , according to newly released data from the Census Bureau. During the same period, Texas and the South led the nation in domestic net “immigration.”

  Domestic net outmigration is the number of residents who move out of a state or region to another part of the country minus the number of residents who move in from another part of the country. It does not include international migration—n.b. people who move into a state or region from outside the United States, or from a state or region to outside the United States.”

 

 

   This video dates from 2011 and demonstrates that the flight from NY has been ongoing for decades , which gives you an idea of how long the state has been so poorly managed …

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A state or region has domestic net immigration when the number of people moving in from another part of the country exceeds the number moving out.

  From July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014, 30 states had a domestic net outmigration and 20 states plus the District of Columbia had a domestic net immigration.”

 

 

Here are the top ten states that people are fleeing:

 

” 1-New York (-153,921)

2-Illinois (-94,956)

3-New Jersey (-55,469)

4-California (-32,090)

5-Pennsylvania (-31,448)

6-Michigan (-28,679)

7-Connecticut (-26,216)

8-Virginia (-20,400)

9-Ohio (-18,243)

10-Massachusetts (-16,354) “

 

 

 

CNS News has more details

 

 

Here is some further reading on the “Exodus” state:

 

Going Going Gone: Why are People Leaving NY?

People leaving New York State

Escape From New York? High-Taxing Empire State

The “Exodus States:” People leaving New York

The States People Are Fleeing In 2013

Movers Study: People Leaving NY, NJ En Masse

Why Are People Leaving New York?

New Yorkers leaving state

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Law Firm At Center Of Silver Scandal Donated Huge Sums To Dems

 

 

Weitz & Luxenberg Federal Donations 2011-2012 (influenceexplorer.com)

 

” The plaintiffs law firm Weitz and Luxenberg, which employed Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, is said to have provided Mr. Silver with $5.3 million in referral fees, despite his having “never performed any legal work whatsoever,” according to the prosecutors.

  If millions of cash for no work sounds like a generous arrangement, it’s not the first time the firm has shown its generosity. According to the Observer’s research, over the last two cycles, members of the law firm has given at least $600,000 to federal candidates, with over 99% of that going to Democrats. The top three recipients in 2013-2014 included Harry Reid ($44,400), Bruce Braley ($39,675) and Kay Hagan ($10,050); in 2011-2012, the top three were Barack Obama ($29,421), Heidi Heitkamp ($22,400) and Mazie Hirono ($22,400). The top ten recipients in both cycles were all Democrats.

  But even these amounts, capped by federal law, pale next to the dollars showered upon candidates for office in New York State. And although no wrongdoing has thus far been attributed to the law firm, it’s at least worth noting that two of the biggest recipients were both involved with the Moreland Commission, which was mysteriously and abruptly disbanded by the governor in March 2014 after less than a year on task of probing public corruption.”

 

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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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Silver’s Law Firm Rakes In Millions From Judges He Controls

 

 

 

 

His law firm, Weitz & Luxenberg, gets its asbestos cases — and paydays — moved more quickly than those of other attorneys, and reaps a fortune from favorable rulings by friendly judges, charge lawyers and tort-reform advocates.

  Silver’s East Village firm handles more than half the cases in a special section of Manhattan Supreme Court called NYCAL (New York City Asbestos Litigation). So dominant is the firm, the court’s Web site refers to cases as “Weitz” or “non-Weitz.

  The chief asbestos judge, Sherry Klein Heitler — also Manhattan’s chief civil judge — has handled dozens of Weitz & Luxenberg cases.

They’ve taken over a section of the courthouse, and the people in charge of the courthouse run it for them,” said a disgusted lawyer who files personal-injury cases in Manhattan. “It pours money into the firm.”

The firm told investigators it hired Silver, who has no experience in asbestos cases, in 2002, because it hoped to “increase the firm’s prestige and perceived power,” according to last week’s federal indictment charging Silver raked in about $4 million in bribes and kickbacks.

  That perceived power has paid off, critics say.

  Last year, at Weitz & Luxenberg’s request, Heitler reversed a 20-year rule barring punitive damages in asbestos cases, paving the way for much bigger jury awards and putting pressure on defendants to settle.

  Another judge, Joan Madden, consolidated unrelated asbestos cases. Joining up to seven plaintiffs has resulted in huge increases in NYCAL jury verdicts — from an average of $7 million to $24 million per plaintiff between 2010 and 2014, data collected by Bates White Economic Consulting show.

  Last year, Weitz & Luxenberg won a record $190 million in a consolidated trial for five mesothelioma victims who worked in different jobs for different employers.

  Of 15 mesothelioma verdicts in the last four years, Silver’s firm won $273.5 million of $313.5 million awarded by NYCAL juries. Law firms usually take a third.

  The average award for a NYCAL asbestos case — nearly $16 million per plaintiff between 2010 and 2014 — is two to three times larger than those in other courts nationwide, Bates White reported last month at an asbestos law conference in New York.”

 

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N.Y. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Accused Of $4 Million Bribery And Kickback Scheme, Dems Continue To Support Him

 

 

 

 

 

” Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver declared his innocence Thursday after facing bombshell federal corruption charges of soliciting $4 million in dirty money over the last 15 years.

“ I am confident that after a full hearing and due process, I will be vindicated of these charges,” a relaxed Silver announced after his release on $200,000 bond following a Manhattan Federal Court hearing.

  Silver, spied earlier taking an uncomfortable ride to the courthouse alongside an FBI agent, made his brief appearance after U.S. Attorney Preet Bhahara blasted him as the epitome of a corrupt politician.

“ For many years, New Yorkers have asked the question, ‘How could Speaker Silver, one of the most powerful men in New York, earn millions of dollars in outside income without deeply compromising his ability to honestly serve his constituents?’” said Bharara.

“ Today we provide the answer: He didn’t.” “

 

Be sure to read it all at The Daily News … this moment has been a long time coming …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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Supreme Court Backs Former Air Marshal In Whistleblower Case

 

 

 

 

” The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a former air marshal can seek whistleblower protections for disclosing sensitive information to the news media about the absence of security officers on certain flights.

  On a 7-2 vote, the court rejected arguments made by President Barack Obama’s administration, which was seeking to reverse an appeals court ruling favoring whistleblower Robert MacLean, who was fired for the 2003 leak.

” I believe the ruling will give other federal employees more confidence to expose wrongdoing,” MacLean, who was fired in 2006 and now works in residential construction management in California, said in an interview.

  The legal question was whether MacLean’s actions may be protected by the U.S. Whistleblower Protection Act, a law that protects employees if a disclosure exposes unlawful conduct, gross mismanagement or threats to public safety.

  In an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the court concluded that U.S. Transportation Security Administration regulations that prohibited MacLean’s disclosures did not have sufficient legal force to bar him from receiving protections under the Whistleblower Protection Act.”

 

Reuters has the whole story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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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Senator’s Husband Stands To Profit Big From Government Deal

 

 

 

 

 

” Ever wonder how lowly paid lawmakers leave office filthy rich?

  Sen. Dianne Feinstein is showing how it’s done.

  The US Postal Service plans to sell 56 buildings — so it can lease space more expensively — and the real estate company of the California senator’s husband, Richard Blum, is set to pocket about $1 billion in commissions.

  Blum’s company, CBRE, was selected in March 2011 as the sole real estate agent on sales expected to fetch $19 billion. Most voters didn’t notice that Blum is a member of CBRE’s board and served as chairman from 2001 to 2014.

  This feat of federal spousal support was ignored by the media after Feinstein’s office said the senator, whose wealth is pegged at $70 million, had nothing to do with the USPS decisions.

  When the national debt is $18 trillion, a billion seems like small change.”

 

Thanks to the NY Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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National Police Misconduct Daily NewsFeed Recap 01-09-15

 

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” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, January 9, 2015:

  • New Orleans, Louisiana: An officer was suspended without pay after he was arrested for domestic disturbance. http://ow.ly/H2ei4 
  • Oakwood, Ohio: A now-former police officer was indicted for embezzling more than $90,000 from Fraternal Order of Police lodge. He resigned the day the findings were brought to the police department by the lodge.http://ow.ly/H2eMC 
  • Update: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (First reported 03-14-13): A now-former police officer received three years of probation and 200 hours of community service for her obstruction of an investigation. Specifically, she lied to a grand jury about a loan sharking scheme run by a fellow officer.http://ow.ly/H3FEl 
  • Welch, West Virginia: An officer was arrested for stalking and harassing a woman. Among other allegations, he pulled her over and sexually propositioned her. http://bit.ly/17B93Qd
  • Celina, Ohio: The city settled a lawsuit for wrongful death in officer-involved shooting for $800,000. Although the settlement does not include an acceptance of culpability in the shooting, the department agreed to outfit all officers with body cameras and underwent a thorough review of internal procedures. City attorneys also issued a formal apology to the family. The officer resigned from the department in 2013 after he was arrested for DUI.http://ow.ly/H3Pin 
  • San Antonio, Texas: An officer was arrested for felony theft. He is alleged to have stolen an unspecified amount of marijuana, a rifle, and thousands of dollars in cash from a couple after responding to a domestic disturbance call. http://ow.ly/H3R7
  • Brigantine and Atlantic City, New Jersey: Two officers were indicted for sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl. The prosecutor alleges that the men provided alcohol to the teen and took photographs of sexual acts.http://ow.ly/H3SUo 
  • Update: King City, California (First reported 02-27-14): The police chief resigned and three officers have been fired for their roles in an ongoing corruption case. Six officers were arrested in February for involvement in a large tow truck scheme and bribery. http://ow.ly/H4J0P 
  • Update: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (First reported 08-22-14): The officer facing multiple counts for sexually assaulting female drivers he pulled over has been fired. http://ow.ly/H3ZlY 
  • Louisiana Department of Public Safety: An officer was arrested for groping a woman and trying to kiss her during traffic stop. http://ow.ly/H46GO 

 

 

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National Police Misconduct Daily NewsFeed Recap 01-08-15

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

 

” Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, January 8, 2015:

  • Wichita, Kansas: An officer was arrested on seven counts of domestic violence. The officer is a 19-year veteran of the department.http://ow.ly/GWKSv 
  • Los Angeles, California: An officer was charged with exposing himself to five people at the Huntington Beach nature preserve. The victims, all female, range between 12 and 80 years of age. He is alleged to have victimized one 12-year-old girl twice. http://ow.ly/GWNJo 
  • Update: Park Ridge, Illinois (First reported 03-07-12): A police commander had aggravated battery charges reinstated. He is accused of beating two teenagers. http://ow.ly/GZM4U 
  • Update: Greene, New York (First reported 04-30-14): The now-former police chief was sentenced to pay restitution for buying personal items—tires and a vacuum cleaner—with public money. http://ow.ly/GZMVv 
  • Cedar Park, Texas: An officer was fired for lying about his personal relationship with a “known criminal.” The police found pictures of the officer and the suspect together on the suspect’s cell phone during the course of an investigation. According to the news report, the police department said that not only did they fire the officer for being dishonest, but because he accessed police databases about the suspect without legal reason to do so. The suspect has a history of sexual assault and is characterized in other reports as a potential “serial rapist.”http://ow.ly/GZPlT 
  • Tipton County, Tennessee: A sheriff’s deputy was fired for crashing his cruiser while off duty and intoxicated. His six-year-old son was in front seat of the car and not properly restrained in a booster seat. No injuries were reported from the accident.  http://ow.ly/GZQfD 
  • Edwardsville, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with obstruction of emergency services. He arrived at the scene of a one vehicle accident and knew the driver. He attempted to get the other first responders to not write-up the driver’s intoxication in their reports. http://ow.ly/GZRdd 
  • Update: Chattanooga, Tennessee (First reported 09-10-14): A detective who was already suspended for DUI in September was arrested on domestic violence charges. He is alleged to have struck his mother-in-law in the face.http://ow.ly/GZSPd 
  • Irvington, New Jersey: A police captain was arrested and charged with stalking, criminal mischief, assault, and weapons charges. The captain had been promoted to that rank the morning of the incident and had been at a celebration of that promotion beforehand. She allegedly confronted a city councilman at his home around 11 P.M. that night and repeatedly rammed her car into his.  http://ow.ly/H0EBX 
 
 

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National Police Misconduct Daily NewsFeed Recap 01-07-15

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, January 7, 2015:

  • Raleigh, North Carolina: An officer was arrested for DWI.http://ow.ly/GTWsU 
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources (Frederick County): An officer was arrested for second degree assault and resisting arrest following a late night encounter with the Montgomery County Police. The former park ranger is currently suspended with pay. http://ow.ly/GTX3h 
  • Macon County, Illinois: A sheriff’s detective was caught in prostitution sting with several civilians. He retired 12 days after his arrest. http://ow.ly/GTYgq 
  • Boston, Massachusetts: An officer was charged with assaulting his Uber driver. Allegedly, the officer told he driver it was the wrong address and then used racist slur before striking the driver. According to the news story, prosecutors allege that after the driver was struck and got out of the vehicle, the officer drove the car away. Another motorist gave the driver a ride and caught up to the officer in the Uber car, when the officer again struck the Uber driver. The officer had left the scene by the time police arrived, but turned himself in later. http://ow.ly/GTZPM 
  • Update: Victoria, Texas (First reported 12-17-14): A police officer has been fired for tasing a 76-year-old man during a traffic stop for expired tags. The video of the incident went viral. http://ow.ly/GWvmW 
  • North Charleston, South Carolina: An officer was arrested for domestic violence. He allegedly punched the victim five times in the face after picking her up from an appointment that made him late for work.http://ow.ly/GWze0 
  • Drug Enforcement Agency: An agent stationed in Mexico has been charged with fraud and lying to investigators. The Department of Justice alleges he exchanged legal favors for gifts like luxury travel and accommodations.http://ow.ly/GWZ5u 
  • Update: Honesdale Borough, Pennsylvania (First reported 06-19-14): A now-former officer pled guilty to his second DUI. He had crashed into three parked cars in June, totaling two of them and his own.  http://ow.ly/GWC8G 
  • Crisp County, Georgia: A deputy was arrested and fired for illegal deer hunting. He was intoxicated, trespassing, and hunting on a roadway at night. http://ow.ly/GWD8W 
  • Idaho State Police (Coeur d’Alene): A now-former trooper was sentenced for fraud, property damage, and hunting charges. He received a three year suspended sentence, 600 hours of community service, and 120 days in jail for using a false name on a title when he bought a motorcycle and failing to tag a deer he killed. http://ow.ly/GWJ7W 

 

 

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FCC Chair Has All But Confirmed He’ll Side With Obama On Net Neutrality

 

 

 

 

 

 

” President Obama’s top telecom regulator just issued his strongest hints yet about a pending plan to regulate Internet providers, and judging by reports from the room, he’s leaning hard toward the most aggressive proposal on the table.

  Speaking Wednesday at CES, the world’s largest consumer electronics show, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler took aim at several industry arguments against the use of Title II of the Communications Act to regulate broadband providers. That’s the legal tool that President Obama and many consumer groups say would prevent broadband providers from unfairly discriminating against some Web sites.

  Wheeler also appeared to backtrack on one of his previous net neutrality proposals, saying it didn’t go far enough in protecting consumers, according to tweets from the audience.

  Now, analysts and policy experts from both sides of the net neutrality debate largely agree that Wheeler will seek to apply Title II to Internet providers after all, more than a year after a federal court tossed out the FCC’s previous net neutrality rules.”

 

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Mexican President Offers Obama Help With Amnesty Documents

 

 

 

 

” Mexico’s president told President Obama Tuesday that his government will supply the documents necessary for millions of illegal Mexican immigrants to prove they’ve been living in the U.S. prior to 2010, a move that will help them qualify for Mr. Obama’s recently announced deportation amnesty.

  In an Oval Office meeting, President Enrique Pena Nieto praised Mr. Obama’s executive action on amnesty as “very intelligent and audacious,” and said his government will do everything in its power to ensure that Mexicans who want to stay in the U.S. can do so.

  The move has proven far more controversial in Washington, where Republican critics say the president’s unilateral move was unwise and unconstitutional.

  About two-thirds of the nearly 5 million illegal immigrants covered by Mr. Obama’s action are natives of Mexico. It’s not clear what kind of documentation the Mexican government will provide to show proof of residency in the U.S. prior to 2010 — the cutoff date to qualify for Mr. Obama’s amnesty plan and avoid deportation.”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-24-14 to 01-05-15

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

” Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, December 24, 2014 through Monday, January 5, 2015:

  • Update: Rosepine, Louisiana (First reported 08-08-14): The police chief was indicted on felony stalking and malfeasance charges. He is alleged to have stalked his estranged wife and illegally used a police database to find personal information through a license plate search. http://ow.ly/GMbKt 
  • San Antonio, Texas: A police officer was fired for neglecting duty 23 times over four months. The investigation utilized dashcam footage and GPS to show, among other incidents, that the officer once drove away from a call to respond to a self-inflicted gunshot wound even though she was the closest officer in the area. The individual died later of his wound.http://ow.ly/GMcyg 
  • Update: Mohave County, Arizona (First reported 12-18-14): A deputy was fired after he was charged with assaulting his mother-in-law. The investigation was opened by another police department and the criminal case is ongoing. http://ow.ly/GMddm 
  • Texas Department of Public Safety: Four state troopers, the department, and its director have been named in a lawsuit alleging public and inappropriate body cavity search. The plaintiff alleges that while she was on her way to the beach, she was pulled over for speeding. According to her lawyer, the plaintiff was cuffed and subjected to a cavity search in the open as cars drove by. http://ow.ly/GOKyT 
  • Mineral County, Nevada: A now-former deputy was charged with illegally obtaining a controlled substance and filing false report. He is alleged to have stolen prescription drugs from an inmate while employed as a deputy. He had already been fired for unrelated misconduct by the time of his arrest. http://ow.ly/GMeCU 
  • Yellow Springs, Ohio: An officer was disciplined and ordered to undergo training after forcibly seizing a video camera from a citizen. The letter of reprimand cited “evidence that showed a “recurring and unacceptable pattern” of [the officer’s] inability to “control [her] actions.””http://ow.ly/GOWHw 
  • Hillsborough County, Florida: A deputy has been charged with domestic battery after altercation with his live-in girlfriend. http://ow.ly/GMfhN 
  • Broward County, Florida: A deputy was arrested for repeatedly shoplifting from Wal-Mart in uniform. On five occasions in November and December, he was caught on camera taking items to the self-checkout lane but paying for only some of them. http://ow.ly/GOXHV 
  • Update: Jal, New Mexico (First reported 06-04-14): The police chief who was caught on tape having sex in an ambulance has resigned. He continues to fight the one-year suspension of his law enforcement license.http://ow.ly/GMhXW 
  • Milan, New Mexico: An officer was arrested for off-duty sexual assault and providing alcohol to a minor. He and a male companion were allegedly drinking with the 20-year-old female victim and the officer forced her to perform oral sex. The incident happened on the evening of Christmas Day.http://ow.ly/GOS3h 
  • Worcester, Massachusetts: An officer was suspended and charged with DUI after crashing vehicle into utility pole. According to the news report, the officer had glassy eyes and had alcohol on his breath at the scene of the October accident, but was not arrested at that time. http://ow.ly/GMi7s 
  • Update: Yonkers, New York (First reported 09-09-14): A police officer was fired for falsifying information to get a search warrant. As a result of the raid, the suspect fell from a window and landed on his head, causing his death. The officer and detective allegedly tried to cover up the bogus nature of the warrant by citing information given to them by an informant. The informant could not have provided the information they said he did because he had since moved to another jurisdiction. The criminal case for misconduct and perjury is ongoing. http://lohud.us/1xBWPQW
  • Edwardsville, Illinois: An officer was charged with 14 counts related to burglarizing homes and businesses, sometimes while on duty and in uniform. He is alleged to have taken money from cash registers and was discovered to be in possession of seven stolen firearms. http://ow.ly/GMivL
  • Americus, Georgia: A now-former police officer received 12 months of probation and was ordered to pay $2,200 in restitution for shooting his neighbor’s dog, apparently for not being on a leash. http://ow.ly/GMlJr
  • New York, New York: An officer was detained and questioned after allegedly assaulting female MTA employee, putting her in the hospital. A video of the incident went viral even before it was learned the suspect was an off-duty policeman. http://ow.ly/GQ3w0  “
 
 

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Government Is The Country’s Biggest Problem, Say Americans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Government (and the creatures who infest its rotten carcass) was the most important problem facing the United States in 2014, Americans tell Gallup pollsters. That’s up from being the second most serious problem in 2013, and the third-ranker in 2012.

  Who says the American political system is stuck? This is progress!”

 

 

Most Important Problem Facing the U.S.

 

 

 

” The news that Americans are un-fond of government, Congress, the president, and politicians in general comes from an average of monthly survey results throughout the year. Given officialdom’s litany of stupid government tricks, the elevation of America’s own flavor of Leviathan to public enemy numero uno may seem like nothing more than good common sense to many observers. Perhaps an expression of collective survival instinct. Or, at least, mass revulsion.

  True, government just barely edged out general economic concerns and worries over jobs and unemployment for top ranking. But still, it’s impressive when the institution whose adherents bill it as the cure for life’s ills wins top billing as a major disease itself. “

 

 

And from the Gallup poll itself comes this pearl …

 

 

” 2014 was also the first year since 2007 that the economy was not the top ranking issue, and it was the first year ever in Gallup records that dissatisfaction with government topped the list. Without a dominant issue such as the economy, the Iraq War or terrorism crowding out other issues as they have in years past, this is also only the third time since 2001 when three issues garnered at least 15% in average mentions. Thus, 2014 joins 2013 and 2009 as years when multiple issues emerged as significant top-of-mind concerns for Americans.”

 

JD Tuccille has more at Reason

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal Student Loan Debt Tops $800 Billion

 

 

Student Loan Debt

 

 

 

” From November 2013 through November 2014, the aggregate balance in the federal direct student loan program–as reported by the Monthly Treasury Statement–rose from $687,149,000,000 to $806,561,000,000, a one-year jump of $119,412,000,000.

  The balance on all student loans, including those from private sources, exceeded a trillion dollars as of the end of the third quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

” Outstanding student loan balances reported on credit reports increased to $1.13 trillion (an increase of $8 billion) as of September 30, 2014, representing about $100 billion increase from one year ago,” the bank said in its latest report on household debt and credit. “

 

 

   The article goes on to explain just how this scheme is rigged to benefit the universities and not the students . Just another example of cronyism at the highest levels …

 

 

” By doling out a net average of about $100 billion per year in student loans, the federal government allows even the nation’s wealthiest universities to charge students more than they and their families can pay without going into debt.

  That makes colleges richer and students poorer.

  The federal government already has programs in place to forgive or payoff the student loans of Americans who engage in government-approved activities, or who do not do well enough financially in their after-college years to pay off their own loans.”

 

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