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New York Flags 278 Gun Owners As “Mentally Unstable”

 

 

 

 

” New York State’s tough new SAFE Act gun control law has flagged 278 gun owners who could lose their weapons because they have been deemed mentally unstable, a new report shows.

  Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged lawmakers to pass the SAFE Act quickly after the 2012 mass shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

  The Syracuse Post-Standard reported last week that since the law’s enactment, the state has collected 38,718 names in a database of individuals who have been found at-risk for owning guns by psychiatrists and other health professionals.

  The paper said when the database was checked against a list of pistol permit holders in the state, there were 278 matches, less than 1 percent.

  Monroe County had the most matches at 36, followed by Westchester, 17, Suffolk, 16 and Dutchess, 14. “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-16-14

 

 

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” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday December 16, 2014:

  • Update: Oldham County, Kentucky (First reported 10-14-14): A now-former police officer was sentenced to nine months in jail for sending lewd text messages to a teenager he met during a traffic stop. http://ow.ly/FWfGR
  • Update: Woonsocket, Rhode Island (First reported 08-22-12): A now-former police officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but six months suspended, for choking his 9-year-old sister while she was in his custody.http://ow.ly/FWjWa
  • Update: Berkeley, New Jersey (First reported 06-11-14): The police department settled an excessive force lawsuit for $110,000 from an incident in January 2013. Video evidence shows an officer punch a handcuffed man in custody. The offending officer had been involved in another excessive force lawsuit in 2008 that also resulted in a $110,000 settlement.http://ow.ly/FWlpY 
  • Colfax, Louisiana: A now-former police chief was sentenced for one count each of malfeasance in office, obstruction of justice, and theft of a firearm for pawning seized police evidence. He received five year sentences, suspended, on both the malfeasance and obstruction charges. He was sentenced to seven years hard labor, with five suspended, on the gun charge. http://ow.ly/FWoCz 
  • Update: Alton, Illinois (First reported 08-14-14): An evidence officer is accused of destroying forensic evidence, including a rape kit and clothing. The discovery was made during an investigation into missing evidence in 130 cases. It is unclear whether this officer is responsible for the other missing evidence. http://ow.ly/FWvnC 
  • Update: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (First reported 04-01-14): The department settled a lawsuit by a teacher for wrongful arrest. The teacher was arrested outside a public meeting that had been discussing police/community relations. http://ow.ly/FYGZw 
  • Suffolk, Virginia: A female officer was arrested for assault after confrontation with another officer’s wife. The wife had filed charges against her husband but subsequently dropped them. Both officers are currently under investigation. http://ow.ly/FYE4d 
  • Update: New York, New York (First reported 12-10-11): A now-former police officer was sentenced to 12.5-14.5 years in prison for grand larceny, robbery, and drug possession. This conviction was the latest in a string of cases that originally stemmed from a ticket fixing scandal that uncovered a drug ring and other corruption in the NYPD. http://ow.ly/FYQ1d 
  • El Paso, Texas: A police officer was fired after the investigation into the fatal shooting of a handcuffed man who was sitting on the ground outside the local jail. The officer had been on leave since the incident in March 2013. The victim’s family has filed a civil suit, but the district attorney declined to file criminal charges. http://ow.ly/FWAu2 
  • Starr County, Texas: A sheriff’s deputy was indicted for smuggling 77 pounds of marijuana across US-Mexico border. The deputy and her brother were arrested November 10 at a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol checkpoint with bundles of marijuana hidden in their vehicle’s floor.http://ow.ly/FYS2T  “

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 12-03-14 to 12-15-14

 

 

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” Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday December 3 to Monday, December 15, 2014:

  • Corpus Christi, Texas: A police officer has been disciplined after dash cam video showed he asked woman to delete video of chokehold by county official. ly/FUGrY
  • Colcord, Oklahoma: A police chief has been arrested for driving under the influence in his police cruiser. It’s his third DUI since 2004. ly/FUNb4
  • Pittsfield, Massachusetts: A man claims he was arrested for recording a traffic stop with his cell phone. He is challenging the arrest at his trial for disorderly conduct. ly/FV3fJ
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A police officer resigned and pled guilty to a charge of misconduct. He was accused of coercing a fugitive to perform sex acts.ly/FV6u4
  • Riverside County, California: A sheriff’s sergeant was charged with battery on a spouse, false imprisonment, assault, and illegal possession of controlled substances. ly/FVn0f
  • New Straitsville, Ohio: The police chief was indicted for records tampering for second time in the past two years. The newer charges are related to complicity in his wife’s alleged food stamp and Medicaid fraud charges, for which he faces up to seven years. A former Perry County Sheriff’s deputy, he was already slated for a trial for tampering with records and unlawful use of a law enforcement database. He faces up to 14 years in that case.http://ow.ly/FVplR
  • Update: Los Angeles, California (First reported 8-30-12): The police department settled excessive force suit for $550,000. The plaintiff had video showing officers body slamming her to the ground twice after she talked back to one officer. One officer involved in the case was suspended and the other was fired. http://ow.ly/FVvdU
  • Update: Los Angeles County, California (First reported 9-13-13): A now-former sheriff’s deputy pled no contest to charges related to a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. The highly decorated 22-year veteran was sentenced to three years in prison. http://ow.ly/FVCjn
  • Update: Eutawville, South Carolina (First reported 8-16-13): A now-former police chief was indicted for murder stemming from 2011 shooting of unarmed man in parking lot. He had been charged in relation to the case with misconduct in office, but a judge recently ruled he could not use a Stand Your Ground defense and subsequently a grand jury indicted him for murder. http://ow.ly/FVHJy
  • Carbon County, Utah: A county sheriff was charged with misuse of public funds and equipment. He allegedly used department funds to pay for $2000 worth of gasoline for his personal use. He also used the department’s search and rescue trailer to move into his new home in a neighboring county. http://ow.ly/FVQJj
  • Clewiston, Florida: A police officer was arrested for assaulting a Hendry County sheriff’s deputy at a gas station. Both officers were off duty but the assaulting officer was still wearing part of his uniform at the time of the alleged attack. http://ow.ly/FVXmK “

 

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” From the Economist:

  So far much of the debate within America has focused on race. That is not unreasonable: the victims were all black, and most of the policemen involved were white. American blacks feel that the criminal-justice system works against them, rather than for them. Some 59% of white Americans have confidence in the police, but only 37% of blacks do. This is poisonous: if any racial group distrusts the enforcers of the law, it erodes the social contract. It also hurts America’s moral standing in the world (not aided by revelations about the CIA’s use of torture—see article). But racial division, rooted as it is in America’s past, is not easily mitigated.

  There is, however, another prism through which to examine these grim stories: the use of excessive violence by the state (see article). It, too, has complex origins, but quite a lot of them may be susceptible to reform. In many cases Americans simply do not realise how capricious and violent their law-enforcement system is compared with those of other rich countries. It could be changed in ways that would make America safer, and fairer to both blacks and whites….

  In many ways America remains a model for other countries. Its economic engine has roared back to life. Its values are ones which decent people should want to spread. Yet its criminal-justice system, the backbone of any society, is deeply flawed. “

 

 

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Don’t Cops Have Better Things To Do?

 

 

 

Published on Dec 15, 2014

” Yes most violent crime in America goes unsolved, but what’s a cop to do when there are so many unlicensed strippers, unbuckled motorists, and unticketed drivers brazenly flaunting their fuzzy dice?

  In 2014, cops could have spent a helluva lot more time busting murders and rapists, but they decided to do stuff like this instead.

  Check out The Best of The Worst of 2014: Don’t cops have better things to do?

  2 minutes, 6 seconds.

  Follow the show on Twitter (@DontCops), and submit your nominees for next month.

” Don’t Cops Have Better Things to Do?” is written and directed by Ted Balaker (@tedbalaker). Produced and edited by Matt Edwards (@MattChrisEd). Music by audionautix.com and “The Contessa” is by Maurice and the Beejays (Magnatune Records).

  Go to http://reason.com/reasontv/2014/12/11…
for links, downloadable versions, and subscribe to ReasonTV’s YouTube Channel to receive notifications when new material goes live.

  To watch previous episodes, go here:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=… “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congress Has Just Overruled Your 1st, 4th And 5th Amendment Rights

 

 

 

” As of today, Bill HR4681 has passed the house and senate, and is currently undergoing arbitration before being sent to the President for his signature in to law. The law says that the intelligence community can collect, retain, and disseminate all electronic communications including voice calls [without any constitutional restrictions] on all US citizens and everyone else in the world.  And they have 5 years before they are supposed to destroy the records.  However, they can keep them indefinitely if they fall into several categories of interest.

  It is all out in the open now.  Your 1st, 4th, and 5th Amendment protections are gone.  This act gives new meaning to ‘land of the free, home of the brave.’  The intelligence community isn’t doing anything in secret any more.  Americans are now living in an environment much like the days of the old Stalinist Soviet Union, where the presumption was that all conversations were monitored and one takes measures to have a ‘private’ conversations. 

  So turn up your radio or turn the water on in the sink and watch what you say on the phone or Facebook, even casual remarks on twitter may come back to haunt you in the future.  Don’t believe me, I have pasted the relevant parts of the bill below this story. Still don’t believe it? Just go to www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4681/text and read it from the horse’s mouth.

What are you willing to do about it?

[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]

[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]

 

[H.R. 4681 Enrolled Bill (ENR)]

H.R.4681

One Hundred Thirteenth Congress

of the

United States of America

TITLE III–GENERAL PROVISIONS

Subtitle A–General Matters

Sec. 309. Procedures for the retention of incidentally acquired

communications.

SEC. 309. PROCEDURES FOR THE RETENTION OF INCIDENTALLY ACQUIRED

COMMUNICATIONS.

(a) Definitions.–In this section:

(1) Covered communication.–The term “covered communication”

means any nonpublic telephone or electronic communication acquired

without the consent of a person who is a party to the

communication, including communications in electronic storage.

(2) Head of an element of the intelligence community.–The term

“head of an element of the intelligence community” means, as

appropriate–

(A) the head of an element of the intelligence community;

or

(B) the head of the department or agency containing such

element.

(3) United states person.–The term “United States person”

has the meaning given that term in section 101 of the Foreign

Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1801).

(b) Procedures for Covered Communications.–

(1) Requirement to adopt.–Not later than 2 years after the

date of the enactment of this Act each head of an element of the

intelligence community shall adopt procedures approved by the

Attorney General for such element that ensure compliance with the

requirements of paragraph (3).

(2) Coordination and approval.–The procedures required by

paragraph (1) shall be–

(A) prepared in coordination with the Director of National

Intelligence; and

(B) approved by the Attorney General prior to issuance.

(3) Procedures.–

(A) Application.–The procedures required by paragraph (1)

shall apply to any intelligence collection activity not

otherwise authorized by court order (including an order or

certification issued by a court established under subsection

(a) or (b) of section 103 of the Foreign Intelligence

Surveillance Act of 1978 (50 U.S.C. 1803)), subpoena, or

similar legal process that is reasonably anticipated to result

in the acquisition of a covered communication to or from a

United States person and shall permit the acquisition,

retention, and dissemination of covered communications subject

to the limitation in subparagraph (B).

(B) Limitation on retention.–A covered communication shall

not be retained in excess of 5 years, unless–

(i) the communication has been affirmatively

determined, in whole or in part, to constitute foreign

intelligence or counterintelligence or is necessary to

understand or assess foreign intelligence or

counterintelligence;

(ii) the communication is reasonably believed to

constitute evidence of a crime and is retained by a law

enforcement agency;

(iii) the communication is enciphered or reasonably

believed to have a secret meaning;

(iv) all parties to the communication are reasonably

believed to be non-United States persons;

(v) retention is necessary to protect against an

imminent threat to human life, in which case both the

nature of the threat and the information to be retained

shall be reported to the congressional intelligence

committees not later than 30 days after the date such

retention is extended under this clause;

(vi) retention is necessary for technical assurance or

compliance purposes, including a court order or discovery

obligation, in which case access to information retained

for technical assurance or compliance purposes shall be

reported to the congressional intelligence committees on an

annual basis; or

(vii) retention for a period in excess of 5 years is

approved by the head of the element of the intelligence

community responsible for such retention, based on a

determination that retention is necessary to protect the

national security of the United States, in which case the

head of such element shall provide to the congressional

intelligence committees a written certification

describing–

 

(I) the reasons extended retention is necessary to

protect the national security of the United States;

(II) the duration for which the head of the element

is authorizing retention;

(III) the particular information to be retained;

and

(IV) the measures the element of the intelligence

community is taking to protect the privacy interests of

United States persons or persons located inside the

United States. “

 

 

 

 

 

   Many thanks to Universal Free Press for providing this story . Below the reader can see who voted to rob you of your rights and who voted against Statism …

 

 

 

 

 

VOTE PARTY REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT
Alabama
YEA   R   Byrne, Bradley AL 1st
YEA   R   Roby, Martha AL 2nd
YEA   R   Rogers, Mike AL 3rd
YEA   R   Aderholt, Robert AL 4th
NAY   R   Brooks, Mo AL 5th
YEA   R   Bachus, Spencer AL 6th
YEA   D   Sewell, Terri AL 7th
Alaska
YEA   R   Young, Don AK
Arizona
YEA   D   Kirkpatrick, Ann AZ 1st
YEA   D   Barber, Ron AZ 2nd
NAY   D   Grijalva, Raúl AZ 3rd
NAY   R   Gosar, Paul AZ 4th
NAY   R   Salmon, Matt AZ 5th
YEA   R   Schweikert, David AZ 6th
YEA   D   Pastor, Ed AZ 7th
YEA   R   Franks, Trent AZ 8th
YEA   D   Sinema, Kyrsten AZ 9th
Arkansas
YEA   R   Crawford, Eric AR 1st
YEA   R   Griffin, Tim AR 2nd
YEA   R   Womack, Steve AR 3rd
YEA   R   Cotton, Tom AR 4th
California
YEA   R   LaMalfa, Doug CA 1st
NAY   D   Huffman, Jared CA 2nd
NAY   D   Garamendi, John CA 3rd
NAY   R   McClintock, Tom CA 4th
YEA   D   Thompson, Mike CA 5th
NAY   D   Matsui, Doris CA 6th
YEA   D   Bera, Ami CA 7th
YEA   R   Cook, Paul CA 8th
YEA   D   McNerney, Jerry CA 9th
YEA   R   Denham, Jeff CA 10th
YEA   D   Miller, George CA 11th
YEA   D   Pelosi, Nancy CA 12th
NAY   D   Lee, Barbara CA 13th
NAY   D   Speier, Jackie CA 14th
NAY   D   Swalwell, Eric CA 15th
YEA   D   Costa, Jim CA 16th
NAY   D   Honda, Mike CA 17th
NAY   D   Eshoo, Anna CA 18th
NAY   D   Lofgren, Zoe CA 19th
NAY   D   Farr, Sam CA 20th
YEA   R   Valadao, David CA 21st
YEA   R   Nunes, Devin CA 22nd
YEA   R   McCarthy, Kevin CA 23rd
YEA   D   Capps, Lois CA 24th
YEA   R   McKeon, Buck CA 25th
YEA   D   Brownley, Julia CA 26th
NAY   D   Chu, Judy CA 27th
YEA   D   Schiff, Adam CA 28th
YEA   D   Cárdenas, Tony CA 29th
YEA   D   Sherman, Brad CA 30th
NO VOTE   R   Miller, Gary CA 31st
YEA   D   Napolitano, Grace CA 32nd
YEA   D   Waxman, Henry CA 33rd
YEA   D   Becerra, Xavier CA 34th
NO VOTE   D   Negrete McLeod, Gloria CA 35th
YEA   D   Ruiz, Raul CA 36th
NAY   D   Bass, Karen CA 37th
YEA   D   Sánchez, Linda CA 38th
YEA   R   Royce, Ed CA 39th
YEA   D   Roybal-Allard, Lucille CA 40th
NAY   D   Takano, Mark CA 41st
YEA   R   Calvert, Ken CA 42nd
NAY   D   Waters, Maxine CA 43rd
NAY   D   Hahn, Janice CA 44th
NO VOTE   R   Campbell, John CA 45th
YEA   D   Sanchez, Loretta CA 46th
NAY   D   Lowenthal, Alan CA 47th
NAY   R   Rohrabacher, Dana CA 48th
YEA   R   Issa, Darrell CA 49th
YEA   R   Hunter, Duncan CA 50th
YEA   D   Vargas, Juan CA 51st
YEA   D   Peters, Scott CA 52nd
YEA   D   Davis, Susan CA 53rd
Colorado
YEA   D   DeGette, Diana CO 1st
NAY   D   Polis, Jared CO 2nd
NAY   R   Tipton, Scott CO 3rd
YEA   R   Gardner, Cory CO 4th
YEA   R   Lamborn, Doug CO 5th
YEA   R   Coffman, Mike CO 6th
YEA   D   Perlmutter, Ed CO 7th
Connecticut
YEA   D   Larson, John CT 1st
YEA   D   Courtney, Joe CT 2nd
YEA   D   DeLauro, Rosa CT 3rd
YEA   D   Himes, James CT 4th
YEA   D   Esty, Elizabeth CT 5th
Delaware
YEA   D   Carney, John DE
Florida
NO VOTE   R   Miller, Jeff FL 1st
YEA   R   Southerland, Steve FL 2nd
NAY   R   Yoho, Ted FL 3rd
YEA   R   Crenshaw, Ander FL 4th
YEA   D   Brown, Corrine FL 5th
YEA   R   DeSantis, Ron FL 6th
NAY   R   Mica, John FL 7th
NAY   R   Posey, Bill FL 8th
NAY   D   Grayson, Alan FL 9th
YEA   R   Webster, Daniel FL 10th
NAY   R   Nugent, Richard FL 11th
YEA   R   Bilirakis, Gus FL 12th
YEA   R   Jolly, David FL 13th
YEA   D   Castor, Kathy FL 14th
YEA   R   Ross, Dennis FL 15th
YEA   R   Buchanan, Vern FL 16th
YEA   R   Rooney, Thomas FL 17th
YEA   D   Murphy, Patrick FL 18th
NAY   R   Clawson, Curt FL 19th
NAY   D   Hastings, Alcee FL 20th
YEA   D   Deutch, Theodore FL 21st
YEA   D   Frankel, Lois FL 22nd
YEA   D   Wasserman Schultz, Debbie FL 23rd
YEA   D   Wilson, Frederica FL 24th
YEA   R   Diaz-Balart, Mario FL 25th
NAY   D   Garcia, Joe FL 26th
YEA   R   Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana FL 27th
Georgia
NAY   R   Kingston, Jack GA 1st
YEA   D   Bishop, Sanford GA 2nd
YEA   R   Westmoreland, Lynn GA 3rd
YEA   D   Johnson, Hank GA 4th
NAY   D   Lewis, John GA 5th
YEA   R   Price, Tom GA 6th
NAY   R   Woodall, Rob GA 7th
NAY   R   Scott, Austin GA 8th
YEA   R   Collins, Doug GA 9th
NAY   R   Broun, Paul GA 10th
YEA   R   Gingrey, Phil GA 11th
YEA   D   Barrow, John GA 12th
YEA   D   Scott, David GA 13th
NAY   R   Graves, Tom GA 14th
Hawaii
NAY   D   Hanabusa, Colleen HI 1st
YEA   D   Gabbard, Tulsi HI 2nd
Idaho
NAY   R   Labrador, Raúl ID 1st
YEA   R   Simpson, Mike ID 2nd
Illinois
YEA   D   Rush, Bobby IL 1st
YEA   D   Kelly, Robin IL 2nd
YEA   D   Lipinski, Daniel IL 3rd
NAY   D   Gutiérrez, Luis IL 4th
YEA   D   Quigley, Mike IL 5th
YEA   R   Roskam, Peter IL 6th
YEA   D   Davis, Danny IL 7th
NO VOTE   D   Duckworth, Tammy IL 8th
NAY   D   Schakowsky, Jan IL 9th
YEA   D   Schneider, Bradley IL 10th
YEA   D   Foster, Bill IL 11th
YEA   D   Enyart, William IL 12th
YEA   R   Davis, Rodney IL 13th
YEA   R   Hultgren, Randy IL 14th
YEA   R   Shimkus, John IL 15th
YEA   R   Kinzinger, Adam IL 16th
YEA   D   Bustos, Cheri IL 17th
VOTE PARTY REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT
YEA   R   Schock, Aaron IL 18th
Indiana
YEA   D   Visclosky, Peter IN 1st
YEA   R   Walorski, Jackie IN 2nd
YEA   R   Stutzman, Marlin IN 3rd
YEA   R   Rokita, Todd IN 4th
YEA   R   Brooks, Susan IN 5th
YEA   R   Messer, Luke IN 6th
YEA   D   Carson, André IN 7th
YEA   R   Bucshon, Larry IN 8th
YEA   R   Young, Todd IN 9th
Iowa
YEA   D   Braley, Bruce IA 1st
YEA   D   Loebsack, David IA 2nd
YEA   R   Latham, Tom IA 3rd
YEA   R   King, Steve IA 4th
Kansas
NAY   R   Huelskamp, Tim KS 1st
YEA   R   Jenkins, Lynn KS 2nd
YEA   R   Yoder, Kevin KS 3rd
YEA   R   Pompeo, Mike KS 4th
Kentucky
YEA   R   Whitfield, Ed KY 1st
YEA   R   Guthrie, Brett KY 2nd
NAY   D   Yarmuth, John KY 3rd
NAY   R   Massie, Thomas KY 4th
YEA   R   Rogers, Hal KY 5th
YEA   R   Barr, Andy KY 6th
Louisiana
YEA   R   Scalise, Steve LA 1st
YEA   D   Richmond, Cedric LA 2nd
YEA   R   Boustany, Charles LA 3rd
YEA   R   Fleming, John LA 4th
YEA   R   McAllister, Vance LA 5th
YEA   R   Cassidy, Bill LA 6th
Maine
YEA   D   Pingree, Chellie ME 1st
YEA   D   Michaud, Michael ME 2nd
Maryland
YEA   R   Harris, Andy MD 1st
YEA   D   Ruppersberger, A. Dutch MD 2nd
YEA   D   Sarbanes, John MD 3rd
YEA   D   Edwards, Donna MD 4th
YEA   D   Hoyer, Steny MD 5th
YEA   D   Delaney, John MD 6th
NAY   D   Cummings, Elijah MD 7th
YEA   D   Van Hollen, Chris MD 8th
Massachusetts
YEA   D   Neal, Richard MA 1st
NAY   D   McGovern, Jim MA 2nd
YEA   D   Tsongas, Niki MA 3rd
YEA   D   Kennedy, Joseph MA 4th
NAY   D   Clark, Katherine MA 5th
NAY   D   Tierney, John MA 6th
NO VOTE   D   Capuano, Michael MA 7th
YEA   D   Lynch, Stephen MA 8th
YEA   D   Keating, William MA 9th
Michigan
YEA   R   Benishek, Dan MI 1st
YEA   R   Huizenga, Bill MI 2nd
NAY   R   Amash, Justin MI 3rd
YEA   R   Camp, Dave MI 4th
NAY   D   Kildee, Daniel MI 5th
YEA   R   Upton, Fred MI 6th
YEA   R   Walberg, Tim MI 7th
YEA   R   Rogers, Mike MI 8th
YEA   D   Levin, Sander MI 9th
YEA   R   Miller, Candice MI 10th
NAY   R   Bentivolio, Kerry MI 11th
YEA   D   Dingell, John MI 12th
NAY   D   Conyers, John MI 13th
YEA   D   Peters, Gary MI 14th
Minnesota
YEA   D   Walz, Timothy MN 1st
YEA   R   Kline, John MN 2nd
YEA   R   Paulsen, Erik MN 3rd
NAY   D   McCollum, Betty MN 4th
YEA   D   Ellison, Keith MN 5th
YEA   R   Bachmann, Michele MN 6th
YEA   D   Peterson, Collin MN 7th
YEA   D   Nolan, Richard MN 8th
Mississippi
YEA   R   Nunnelee, Alan MS 1st
YEA   D   Thompson, Bennie MS 2nd
YEA   R   Harper, Gregg MS 3rd
YEA   R   Palazzo, Steven MS 4th
Missouri
YEA   D   Clay, Lacy MO 1st
YEA   R   Wagner, Ann MO 2nd
YEA   R   Luetkemeyer, Blaine MO 3rd
YEA   R   Hartzler, Vicky MO 4th
YEA   D   Cleaver, Emanuel MO 5th
YEA   R   Graves, Sam MO 6th
YEA   R   Long, Billy MO 7th
YEA   R   Smith, Jason MO 8th
Montana
YEA   R   Daines, Steve MT
Nebraska
YEA   R   Fortenberry, Jeff NE 1st
YEA   R   Terry, Lee NE 2nd
YEA   R   Smith, Adrian NE 3rd
Nevada
YEA   D   Titus, Dina NV 1st
YEA   R   Amodei, Mark NV 2nd
YEA   R   Heck, Joseph NV 3rd
YEA   D   Horsford, Steven NV 4th
New Hampshire
YEA   D   Shea-Porter, Carol NH 1st
YEA   D   Kuster, Ann NH 2nd
New Jersey
YEA   D   Norcross, Donald NJ 1st
YEA   R   LoBiondo, Frank NJ 2nd
YEA   R   Runyan, Jon NJ 3rd
YEA   R   Smith, Chris NJ 4th
NAY   R   Garrett, Scott NJ 5th
NAY   D   Pallone, Frank NJ 6th
YEA   R   Lance, Leonard NJ 7th
YEA   D   Sires, Albio NJ 8th
YEA   D   Pascrell, Bill NJ 9th
YEA   D   Payne, Donald NJ 10th
YEA   R   Frelinghuysen, Rodney NJ 11th
NAY   D   Holt, Rush NJ 12th
New Mexico
YEA   D   Lujan Grisham, Michelle NM 1st
YEA   R   Pearce, Steve NM 2nd
YEA   D   Luján, Ben NM 3rd
New York
YEA   D   Bishop, Timothy NY 1st
YEA   R   King, Pete NY 2nd
YEA   D   Israel, Steve NY 3rd
YEA   D   McCarthy, Carolyn NY 4th
YEA   D   Meeks, Gregory NY 5th
YEA   D   Meng, Grace NY 6th
NAY   D   Velázquez, Nydia NY 7th
YEA   D   Jeffries, Hakeem NY 8th
NAY   D   Clarke, Yvette NY 9th
NAY   D   Nadler, Jerrold NY 10th
YEA   R   Grimm, Michael NY 11th
YEA   D   Maloney, Carolyn NY 12th
NAY   D   Rangel, Charles NY 13th
YEA   D   Crowley, Joseph NY 14th
NAY   D   Serrano, José NY 15th
YEA   D   Engel, Eliot NY 16th
YEA   D   Lowey, Nita NY 17th
YEA   D   Maloney, Sean NY 18th
NAY   R   Gibson, Christopher NY 19th
YEA   D   Tonko, Paul NY 20th
YEA   D   Owens, William NY 21st
YEA   R   Hanna, Richard NY 22nd
YEA   R   Reed, Tom NY 23rd
YEA   D   Maffei, Daniel NY 24th
YEA   D   Slaughter, Louise NY 25th
YEA   D   Higgins, Brian NY 26th
YEA   R   Collins, Chris NY 27th
North Carolina
YEA   D   Butterfield, G.K. NC 1st
YEA   R   Ellmers, Renee NC 2nd
NAY   R   Jones, Walter NC 3rd
YEA   D   Price, David NC 4th
YEA   R   Foxx, Virginia NC 5th
YEA   R   Coble, Howard NC 6th
YEA   D   McIntyre, Mike NC 7th
VOTE PARTY REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT
YEA   R   Hudson, Richard NC 8th
YEA   R   Pittenger, Robert NC 9th
YEA   R   McHenry, Patrick NC 10th
NAY   R   Meadows, Mark NC 11th
YEA   D   Adams, Alma NC 12th
YEA   R   Holding, George NC 13th
North Dakota
YEA   R   Cramer, Kevin ND
Ohio
YEA   R   Chabot, Steve OH 1st
YEA   R   Wenstrup, Brad OH 2nd
YEA   D   Beatty, Joyce OH 3rd
NAY   R   Jordan, Jim OH 4th
YEA   R   Latta, Robert OH 5th
YEA   R   Johnson, Bill OH 6th
YEA   R   Gibbs, Bob OH 7th
NAY   D   Kaptur, Marcy OH 9th
YEA   R   Turner, Michael OH 10th
YEA   D   Fudge, Marcia OH 11th
YEA   R   Tiberi, Pat OH 12th
YEA   D   Ryan, Tim OH 13th
YEA   R   Joyce, David OH 14th
YEA   R   Stivers, Steve OH 15th
YEA   R   Renacci, James OH 16th
Oklahoma
NAY   R   Bridenstine, Jim OK 1st
YEA   R   Mullin, Markwayne OK 2nd
YEA   R   Lucas, Frank OK 3rd
YEA   R   Cole, Tom OK 4th
YEA   R   Lankford, James OK 5th
Oregon
NAY   D   Bonamici, Suzanne OR 1st
YEA   R   Walden, Greg OR 2nd
NAY   D   Blumenauer, Earl OR 3rd
NAY   D   DeFazio, Peter OR 4th
NO VOTE   D   Schrader, Kurt OR 5th
Pennsylvania
YEA   D   Brady, Robert PA 1st
YEA   D   Fattah, Chaka PA 2nd
YEA   R   Kelly, Mike PA 3rd
NAY   R   Perry, Scott PA 4th
YEA   R   Thompson, Glenn PA 5th
YEA   R   Gerlach, Jim PA 6th
YEA   R   Meehan, Patrick PA 7th
YEA   R   Fitzpatrick, Michael PA 8th
YEA   R   Shuster, Bill PA 9th
YEA   R   Marino, Tom PA 10th
YEA   R   Barletta, Lou PA 11th
YEA   R   Rothfus, Keith PA 12th
YEA   D   Schwartz, Allyson PA 13th
NAY   D   Doyle, Mike PA 14th
YEA   R   Dent, Charles PA 15th
YEA   R   Pitts, Joseph PA 16th
YEA   D   Cartwright, Matthew PA 17th
YEA   R   Murphy, Tim PA 18th
Rhode Island
YEA   D   Cicilline, David RI 1st
YEA   D   Langevin, Jim RI 2nd
South Carolina
NAY   R   Sanford, Mark SC 1st
YEA   R   Wilson, Joe SC 2nd
NAY   R   Duncan, Jeff SC 3rd
NAY   R   Gowdy, Trey SC 4th
NAY   R   Mulvaney, Mick SC 5th
YEA   D   Clyburn, Jim SC 6th
YEA   R   Rice, Tom SC 7th
South Dakota
YEA   R   Noem, Kristi SD
Tennessee
NAY   R   Roe, Phil TN 1st
NAY   R   Duncan, John TN 2nd
YEA   R   Fleischmann, Chuck TN 3rd
NAY   R   DesJarlais, Scott TN 4th
YEA   D   Cooper, Jim TN 5th
YEA   R   Black, Diane TN 6th
YEA   R   Blackburn, Marsha TN 7th
YEA   R   Fincher, Stephen TN 8th
NAY   D   Cohen, Steve TN 9th
Texas
NAY   R   Gohmert, Louie TX 1st
NAY   R   Poe, Ted TX 2nd
YEA   R   Johnson, Sam TX 3rd
NO VOTE   R   Hall, Ralph TX 4th
YEA   R   Hensarling, Jeb TX 5th
YEA   R   Barton, Joe TX 6th
YEA   R   Culberson, John TX 7th
YEA   R   Brady, Kevin TX 8th
YEA   D   Green, Al TX 9th
YEA   R   McCaul, Michael TX 10th
YEA   R   Conaway, Michael TX 11th
YEA   R   Granger, Kay TX 12th
YEA   R   Thornberry, Mac TX 13th
NAY   R   Weber, Randy TX 14th
YEA   D   Hinojosa, Rubén TX 15th
NAY   D   O’Rourke, Beto TX 16th
YEA   R   Flores, Bill TX 17th
NAY   D   Jackson Lee, Sheila TX 18th
YEA   R   Neugebauer, Randy TX 19th
YEA   D   Castro, Joaquin TX 20th
YEA   R   Smith, Lamar TX 21st
YEA   R   Olson, Pete TX 22nd
YEA   D   Gallego, Pete TX 23rd
YEA   R   Marchant, Kenny TX 24th
YEA   R   Williams, Roger TX 25th
NAY   R   Burgess, Michael TX 26th
YEA   R   Farenthold, Blake TX 27th
YEA   D   Cuellar, Henry TX 28th
YEA   D   Green, Gene TX 29th
YEA   D   Johnson, Eddie TX 30th
YEA   R   Carter, John TX 31st
YEA   R   Sessions, Pete TX 32nd
YEA   D   Veasey, Marc TX 33rd
YEA   D   Vela, Filemon TX 34th
NAY   D   Doggett, Lloyd TX 35th
NAY   R   Stockman, Steve TX 36th
Utah
YEA   R   Bishop, Rob UT 1st
YEA   R   Stewart, Chris UT 2nd
YEA   R   Chaffetz, Jason UT 3rd
YEA   D   Matheson, Jim UT 4th
Vermont
NAY   D   Welch, Peter VT
Virginia
YEA   R   Wittman, Robert VA 1st
YEA   R   Rigell, Scott VA 2nd
YEA   D   Scott, Bobby VA 3rd
YEA   R   Forbes, Randy VA 4th
YEA   R   Hurt, Robert VA 5th
YEA   R   Goodlatte, Bob VA 6th
NAY   R   Brat, Dave VA 7th
YEA   D   Moran, Jim VA 8th
NAY   R   Griffith, Morgan VA 9th
YEA   R   Wolf, Frank VA 10th
YEA   D   Connolly, Gerald VA 11th
Washington
NAY   D   DelBene, Suzan WA 1st
YEA   D   Larsen, Rick WA 2nd
YEA   R   Herrera Beutler, Jaime WA 3rd
YEA   R   Hastings, Doc WA 4th
YEA   R   McMorris Rodgers, Cathy WA 5th
YEA   D   Kilmer, Derek WA 6th
NAY   D   McDermott, Jim WA 7th
YEA   R   Reichert, David WA 8th
NO VOTE   D   Smith, Adam WA 9th
NAY   D   Heck, Denny WA 10th
West Virginia
YEA   R   McKinley, David WV 1st
YEA   R   Capito, Shelley WV 2nd
YEA   D   Rahall, Nick WV 3rd
Wisconsin
YEA   R   Ryan, Paul WI 1st
NAY   D   Pocan, Mark WI 2nd
YEA   D   Kind, Ron WI 3rd
NAY   D   Moore, Gwen WI 4th
NAY   R   Sensenbrenner, James WI 5th
YEA   R   Petri, Tom WI 6th
YEA   R   Duffy, Sean WI 7th
NAY   R   Ribble, Reid WI 8th
Wyoming
NAY   R   Lummis, Cynthia

 

 

   This is a despicable vote and all the Republicans that voted in favor of this bill should hang their heads in shame . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brilliant New Device Lets Protestors Block Surveillance And Stingrays

 

tun angles 2

 

 

 

” Reports about agents using a Stingray on protesters to unconstitutionally monitor their phones are circulating widely, and now protesters have a way to fight back.

  Earlier this week an anonymous leaked recording exposed the agents monitoring the protesters’ movements by tracking their phones. A Stingray mimics a cellular tower, letting agents pry into citizens’ cell phones and gather their data/location without a warrant.

  Stingrays were supposed to be used for “terrorists,” but now they’re being used against us locally — which is unconstitutional.

  And that’s where a new product called Tunnel enters the scene .

  We’ve known that the NSA spies on us ever since Edward Snowden blew the whistle on them.

  But have you ever wondered if it’s possible for somebody to spy back on them?

  The NSA has a special way of protecting itself against such a possibility.  And you’ve probably never heard of it.

  To hide its own privacy, the NSA installs copper  – yes, you read that correctly: copper – around the equipment in its buildings.

  It turns out that copper has a unique conductive property that allows it to block surveillance, letting those who use it hide their activities from would-be spies.

  The main NSA headquarters is described as ”a building covered with one-way dark glass, which is lined with copper shielding in order to prevent espionage by trapping in signals and sounds.”

  The question becomes: if they can protect their own privacy with copper, why can’t we use this same technique to protect our privacy from them?

  Well now we finally can.

  Tunnel is a portable Faraday enclosure that uses a 100% authentic copper shielding system to surround your phone.  When your phone is inside, it forms a topologically near-complete surface to prevent non-ionizing radiation from penetrating its boundaries, letting you avoid surveillance.

  Thankfully, it’s not going to cost thousands of dollars, which has come as great news for protesters and other privacy advocates. “

 

 

   Be sure to read the rest at Filming Cops and while you are there grab their coupon code that will give the first 100 purchasers 35% off of the already discounted holiday price . Order yours today , we did and got it for a mere $43 with shipping thanks to the Filming Cops coupon . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UC Study: Minimum Wage Hike Of 2007-09 Cost 1.4M Jobs

 

 

 

 

” Raising the minimum wage, a stated goal of the Obama administration, likely would cost jobs and hurt low-income workers.

  University of California San Diego economic researchers discovered that the federal minimum wage increase from $5.15 to $7.25 per hour between 2007 and 2009 actually cost the economy 1.4 million jobs, Breitbart News reports. “

 

 

” Even worse, the increase’s negative effect landed squarely on the people it was designed to help — low-paid, unskilled workers, who found themselves blocked out of low-paid or internship positions that would give them a shot at gaining experience and achieving higher-paid jobs, the study notes.

” We find that binding minimum wage increases significantly reduced the likelihood that low-skilled workers rose to what we characterize as lower middle class earnings. This curtailment of transitions into lower middle class earnings began to emerge roughly one year following initial declines in low wage employment. Reductions in upward mobility thus appear to follow reductions in access to opportunities for accumulating work experience,” the report states. “

 

 

 

” While the wage distribution of low-skilled workers shifts as intended, the estimated effects on employment, income, and income growth are negative. “

 

 

   For every government mandate on businesses , industry and technology will create a way to avoid them . If increasing the mandatory minimum wage by two dollars cost a million and a half jobs just imagine the losses from a doubling of the present state-mandated wage for unskilled workers , and machines don’t need healthcare .

   Read more at NewsMax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worst Of The Month — November 2014

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

 

” The worst police misconduct in November goes to the Cleveland Police Department.

To begin with, in late November, a Cleveland officer shot and killed 12-year old Tamir Rice.

The press reports based on the police accounts at the time of the incident read:

  A rookie Cleveland police officer shot a 12-year-old boy outside a city recreation center late Saturday afternoon after the boy pulled a BB gun from his waistband, police said.

  Police were responding to reports of a male with a gun outside Cudell Recreation Center at Detroit Avenue and West Boulevard about 3:30 p.m., Deputy Chief of Field Operations Ed Tomba said.

  A rookie officer and a 10-15 year veteran pulled into the parking lot and saw a few people sitting underneath a pavilion next to the center. The rookie officer saw a black gun sitting on the table, and he saw the boy pick up the gun and put it in his waistband, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeffrey Follmer said.

  The officer got out of the car and told the boy to put his hands up. The boy reached into his waistband, pulled out the gun and the rookie officer fired two shots, Tomba said.

  As detailed in this video report by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, the initial reports by the police do not jibe with video evidence in several major respects.

  The video shows Rice, alone, playing with his toy gun and also with the snow, as 12 year olds are wont to do. He was not, as the police said, with “a few people” in the pavilion. Other police reports to the press said the shooting officer got out of his car and told Rice three times to put his hands up. The video, unfortunately without audio and recording at the speed of two frames per second, shows the officer shooting Rice within 1.5-2 seconds after exiting the police vehicle.

  The officers also waited several minutes before administering CPR to the fallen boy.

  The original call that drew the police to the park in the first place said the person with the gun in the park was likely a minor and likely was a toy gun. Apparently, this information was not relayed to the responding officers, who called-in the shooting victim as “possibly 20” years old.

  The officer who shot Rice “was specifically faulted for breaking down emotionally while handling a live gun” according to subsequent reporting. The internal memo that informed the report concluded that the officer be “released from the employment of the City of Independence [,Ohio].”

  And here’s the thing: The Cleveland Police hired the officer without checking his personnel file from his previous law enforcement job, where he was deemed unfit!

  The Department of Justice took a close look at the Cleveland Department and issued a highly critical report:

  The Justice Department report on Cleveland cataloged many instances of unjustified force, including officers who assaulted, pepper-sprayed and even Tasered people already being restrained. In one case last year, the police fired two shots at a man wearing only boxer shorts who was fleeing from two armed assailants. In a 2011 case, a man who had been restrained on the ground with his arms and legs spread was then kicked by officers. He was later treated for a broken bone in his face.

  The city’s policing problems, [Attorney General] Holder said, stemmed from “systemic deficiencies, including insufficient accountability, inadequate training and equipment, ineffective policies and inadequate engagement with the community.”

 
 

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Law Puts Us All In Same Danger As Eric Garner

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Senator Rand Paul should be commended for sparking the conversation that has erupted over his statement , famously ridiculed by Jon Stewart , that cigarette taxes bear some responsibility for the NYPD killing of Eric Garner over a “crime” so trivial as selling loosies . That the discussion has quickly morphed from a concern about one revenue generating “law” that provided the impetus for Mr Garner’s death to the 300,000 some odd laws and regulations that have resulted in the “overcriminalization” of 70% of the populace .

This is a discussion that , while occupying billions of pixels in the libertarian world , has until now been one that has been arrogantly swept under the rug by the Statist supporters in the main stream media . This debate is long overdue and as the following articles make plain , offer much common ground between the Left and the Right and that common ground leads one inevitably to the libertarian view .

   Thank you Senator Paul and also to you Mr Stewart , however unintentional your help may have been .  

 

 

 

” On the opening day of law school, I always counsel my first-year students never to support a law they are not willing to kill to enforce. Usually they greet this advice with something between skepticism and puzzlement, until I remind them that the police go armed to enforce the will of the state, and if you resist, they might kill you.

  I wish this caution were only theoretical. It isn’t. Whatever your view on the refusal of a New York City grand jury to indict the police officer whose chokehold apparently led to the death of Eric Garner, it’s useful to remember the crime that Garner is alleged to have committed: He was selling individual cigarettes, or loosies, in violation of New York law.

  The obvious racial dynamics of the case — the police officer, Daniel Pantaleo, is white; Garner was black — have sparked understandable outrage. But, at least among libertarians, so has the law that was being enforced. Wrote Nick Gillespie in the Daily Beast, “Clearly something has gone horribly wrong when a man lies dead after being confronted for selling cigarettes to willing buyers.” Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, appearing on MSNBC, also blamed the statute: “Some politician put a tax of $5.85 on a pack of cigarettes, so they’ve driven cigarettes underground by making them so expensive.”

  The problem is actually broader. It’s not just cigarette tax laws that can lead to the death of those the police seek to arrest. It’s every law. Libertarians argue that we have far too many laws, and the Garner case offers evidence that they’re right. I often tell my students that there will never be a perfect technology of law enforcement, and therefore it is unavoidable that there will be situations where police err on the side of too much violence rather than too little. Better training won’t lead to perfection. But fewer laws would mean fewer opportunities for official violence to get out of hand.

  The legal scholar Douglas Husak, in his excellent 2009 book “ Overcriminalization: The Limits of the Criminal Law,” points out that federal law alone includes more than 3,000 crimes, fewer than half of which found in the Federal Criminal Code. The rest are scattered through other statutes. A citizen who wants to abide by the law has no quick and easy way to find out what the law actually is — a violation of the traditional principle that the state cannot punish without fair notice.

  In addition to these statutes, he writes, an astonishing 300,000 or more federal regulations may be enforceable through criminal punishment in the discretion of an administrative agency. Nobody knows the number for sure.

  Husak cites estimates that more than 70 percent of American adults have committed a crime that could lead to imprisonment. He quotes the legal scholar William Stuntz to the effect that we are moving toward “a world in which the law on the books makes everyone a felon.” Does this seem too dramatic? Husak points to studies suggesting that more than half of young people download music illegally from the Internet. That’s been a federal crime for almost 20 years. These kids, in theory, could all go to prison.”

 

 

 

    This Bloomberg View article by professor Stephen Carter of Yale must be read by all who have come to rue the evolution of the most liberty-minded system of government ever devised by the minds of man into the overwhelming Leviathan State that we , as Americans , face today .

   This piece is notable not only for the wisdom imparted by it’s own content , but for the discussion it has sparked in the likes of the Washington Post , Reason , EconomicLiberty and The Daily Beast , all three of which should also be read in their entirety .

As the illustrious Ilya Somin of the Volokh Conspiracy writes in the Post:

 

 

 

” Carter correctly points out that the massive growth of criminal and regulatory law means that almost anyone can potentially end up in the same situation as Eric Garner.”

 

 

 

    Professor Somin is joined in his agreement with professor Carter regarding the corrosive affect of “overcriminalization” and the danger that it imposes on the citizenry as a whole at Reason , where Robby Soave writes:

 

 

 

” You know what’s also a cause? Overcriminalization. And that one is on you, supporters of the regulatory super state. When a million things are highly regulated or outright illegal—from cigarettes to sodas of a certain size, unlicensed lemonade stands, raw milk, alcohol (for teens), marijuana, food trucks, taxicab alternatives, and even fishing supplies (in schools)—the unrestrained, often racist police force has a million reasons to pick on people. Punitive cigarette taxes, which disproportionately fall on the backs of the poorest of the poor, contribute to police brutality in the exact same way that the war on drugs does. Liberals readily admit the latter; why is the former any different? “

 

 

 

   And finally we come to the piece written by David Henderson of The Library Of Economics & Liberty who rightfully takes issue with Jon Stewart’s ridicule (see above video) of Rand Paul’s assertion that the cigarette tax played a role in Mr Garner’s death:

 

 

 

” In an otherwise excellent segment on the tragic Eric Garner case, in which some New York cops choked to death a man selling loose cigarettes, Jon Stewart, generally a smart man, either misunderstands or plays to his audience’s ignorance. Either way, it’s worthwhile correcting him because there is a very large point to be made about this case, a point beyond the already large point about police gone wild.

  The specific issue is a claim made by Senator Rand Paul. Here’s what the clip has Senator Paul saying:

  I think there’s something bigger than just the individual circumstances. . . . Some politicians put a tax of $5.85 on a pack of cigarettes. So they’ve driven cigarettes underground by making them so expensive. But then some politician also had to direct the police to say “Hey, we want you arresting people for selling a loose cigarette.”

  Stewart’s response? “What the f**k are you talking about?”

  Paul already said what he was talking about. Jon Stewart simply didn’t want to acknowledge the point. Stewart says correctly that the government can enforce laws without going to such extremes. Sure. It can. But one thing we have to be aware of whenever we advocate a law is that government agents who enforce it will sometimes go to extremes.”

 

 

 

 

As our title says … When everything is against the law , everyone is an outlaw.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is The FBI Underreporting Killings By Police?

 

 

 

Published on Dec 6, 2014

” As the nation focused on Staten Island, Ferguson, and Cleveland in the last few weeks and the relationship between citizens and law enforcement, a recent Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that federal accounting for killings by police may be grossly miscalculated. Wall Street Journal reporter Rob Barry joins Hari Sreenivasan for more on that investigation. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Garner Could Spark American Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The violent death of Mohamed Bouazizi in Tunisia set off the Arab Spring. Could the killing of Eric Garner lead to a springtime of police reform – and regulatory reform — in the United States?

  Bouazizi was a street vendor, selling fruits and vegetables from a cart. He aspired to buy a pickup truck to expand his business. But, as property rights reformer Hernando de Soto wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “to get a loan to buy the truck, he needed collateral — and since the assets he held weren’t legally recorded or had murky titles, he didn’t qualify.”

  Meanwhile, de Soto notes, “government inspectors made Bouazizi’s life miserable, shaking him down for bribes when he couldn’t produce licenses that were (by design) virtually unobtainable. He tired of the abuse. The day he killed himself, inspectors had come to seize his merchandise and his electronic scale for weighing goods. A tussle began. One municipal inspector, a woman, slapped Bouazizi across the face. That humiliation, along with the confiscation of just $225 worth of his wares, is said to have led the young man to take his own life.”

  Bouazizi was a poor man trying to engage in commerce to make a better life. His brother Salem told de Soto the meaning of Bouazizi’s death: “He believed the poor had the right to buy and sell.”

  It was a story that resonated across the Arab world – a government that stifled freedom and enterprise, unaccountable bureaucracy, arbitrary enforcement, official contempt for citizens, a man who just couldn’t take it any more.

  Eric Garner’s story is surprisingly similar. He had been arrested more than 30 times, for such crimes as marijuana possession and driving without a license, and most often for selling untaxed cigarettes on the street.

  Why sell untaxed cigarettes? Because New York has the country’s highest cigarette taxes, $4.35 a pack for New York State and another $1.50 for the city. A pack of cigarettes can cost $14 in New York City, two and a half times as much as in Virginia . So a lively black market has sprung up. Buy cigarettes at retail in Virginia or North Carolina, sell them at a big markup in New York, and you can still undercut the price of legal, taxed cigarettes.

  Patrick Fleenor reported in a 2003 study for the Cato Institute that New York’s cigarette taxes had created a thriving black market, with rising levels of street crime, turf wars and increasing organized crime. He found that from 1990 to 2002, as the city and state repeatedly raised taxes, New York’s sales of taxed cigarettes relative to the national average plummeted. But reported smoking rates fell only slightly, in line with national trends. Obviously a lot of New York smokers were getting their fix from the black market.

  A 2013 study by the Mackinac Center found, not surprisingly, that New York had the highest rate of cigarette smuggling, totaling 61% of the state’s cigarette sales. “

 

Read it all at USA Today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Need To Talk About Sandy Hook

 

 

 

 

Published on Dec 1, 2014

” Visit our website!:
http://mediasolidarity.com/

  Independent Media Solidarity is a loose knit group of independent journalists that have come together to tackle the issue of Sandy Hook. We are normal people with normal lives, who have families, children, and jobs. Although many of us haven’t physically met each other, we are united. All we seek are answers to the many inconsistencies. But most importantly, we just want the truth made available to all who might seek it.

  Over the past 2 years, efforts to explain and expose the Sandy Hook event may seem to have slowed down. We never slowed down. “

 

HT/InfoWars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Defense Of ‘Antigovernment Militias’

 

 

 

 

” Why do you “need” an AR-15? Well:

  When Sam Andrews awoke on Tuesday morning, he found his wife watching a television interview with a woman whose bakery had been vandalized during the violent unrest here on Monday.

“ She said, ‘You’ve got to go help her,’ ” Mr. Andrews said in an interview on Saturday morning.

  And so Mr. Andrews, a former Defense Department contractor who is now a weapons engineer in the St. Louis area, set to work. Under the auspices of a national group called the Oath Keepers, Mr. Andrews accelerated plans to recruit and organize private security details for businesses in Ferguson, which are receiving the services for free. The volunteers, who are sometimes described as a citizen militia — but do not call themselves that — have taken up armed positions on rooftops here on recent nights.

Only 19 Students Ready For College In Paterson NJ

 

 

 

 

 

” A paltry nineteen students who took the SAT from the Paterson (New Jersey) Public Schools were considered “college ready.”

This means they scored at least a 1500 out of 2400 on the exam.

MY 9 NJ.com reports:

Paterson resident Jason Williams is one of the lucky ones. He just graduated high school last year and has been enrolled in college since September, after taking the SAT’s three times determined to score over 1500. He says that the key to his success was not falling victim to the streets.

  Article author Tamara Laine writes that the 19 students figure “is truly shocking considering how large the school district is.” Indeed, according to the district’s Wikipedia entry, the district has twenty-one high schools, and a total student enrollment of 28,139. “

 

    Although we experienced some difficulty in coming up with a solid figure for the Paterson public high school enrollment numbers , according to the information on Wikipedia’s page we’ve arrived at a minimum of 4,684 students .

   If approximately half of that number are juniors and seniors , those taking the SATs , we calculate 2,342 students that took the college entrance exam . That translates into a 0.811% readiness rate … Less than 1 % . Shameful .

This is all the more disgraceful when one considers that Paterson has a 13 to 1 student/teacher ratio (among the lowest in the country) , the national average being 15.5 , and spends $18,891 per pupil which is 8.3% above the national average and ranks below only Alaska , DC and New York . See table below …

 

 

 

Paterson School Spending

   While the reader ponders where all that money is being spent , take note of this story from Monday’s NorthJersey.com :

 

 

” Payroll records show the number of city school district employees making at least $125,000 has doubled over the past five years, an increase that comes as test scores for Paterson students remain among the lowest in the state.

  At present, 66 Paterson Public Schools employees make at least $125,000, the records show. During the 2010-11 school year, the district had 33 employees above the $125,000 mark.

  The rise has been a steady one, the records show. The number of salaries above $125,000 grew to 41 in 2011-12, to 53 the year after that and to 60 in 2013-14.”

 

 

    Gotta love that State provided “free” education … New Jersey tax payers are hardly getting their money’s worth , that’s for sure .

The College Fix

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-27-14 to 12-01-14

 

 

National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

 

 

 

” Here are the 10 reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, November 27 to Monday, December 1, 2014:

  • Update: Houston, Texas (First reported 08-22-14): A police officer charged with carrying a kilogram of cocaine in was indicted on first-degree felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. ly/Fbhpd
  • Prince George’s County, Maryland: A police officer has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident. ly/Fb8oK
  • Imperial County, California: A police officer was arrested while in full uniform following an FBI-led investigation of bribery allegations. ly/FaO8p
  • Palo Alto, California: A detective has been disciplined for forwarding an explicit photo of a suspect from a cellphone while the woman was under arrest, according to an audit report. ly/FaKYV
  • Gainesville, Florida: A police officer has been fired after an internal affairs investigation found he had sex with a 19-year-old woman he arrested for shoplifting. ly/FaEx9
  • Maricopa County, Arizona: Some deputies have been accused of falsifying search warrant requests. A judge said there were “seemingly pervasive misstatements of basic facts” made by investigators when they obtained search warrants. ly/FauYG
  • Paris, Maine: The police chief faces a charge of drunk driving after getting pulled over. ly/Fa6mb
  • Fruitport Township, Michigan: An officer is being charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence and having a minor in the car at the time. ly/Fa5lO
  • Des Moines, Iowa: A police officer has been charged with driving while intoxicated. He was off duty when he was pulled over for speeding.ly/F9XUV
  • Dallas, Texas: A police officer has been placed on administrative leave after being arrested. He is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and evading on foot. ly/F9y28 “

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-26-14

 

 

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” Here are the 15 reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, November 26, 2014:

  • Update: Salisbury, Maryland (First reported 09-12-14): A judge found a police officer made an unlawful arrest of a teen. The boy was acquitted on all charges as a result. http://ow.ly/EVDXi
  • Cuyahoga County, Ohio: A prosecutor said three law enforcement officials face felony charges for misusing their access to confidential criminal records. http://ow.ly/EVLoH
  • Douglas County, Colorado: Sheriff’s deputies arrested a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent on charges of domestic violence and criminal mischief. http://ow.ly/EVRpY
  • Denver, Colorado: Video shows an officer punching an unarmed suspect in the face six times then tripping the man’s seven-and-a-half-months pregnant girlfriend. http://ow.ly/EVOJq
  • Update: Troy, New York (First reported 07-30-14): A city police officer who worked with a state police drug task force was indicted on charges of tampering with evidence after allegedly warning a friend about a drug raid.http://ow.ly/EVUOr
  • Dallas, Texas: An officer was arrested after police were called to meet with an injured woman. Detectives say a fight between escalated into violence that left the woman hospitalized with serious injuries. http://ow.ly/EVWmf
  • Fort Hood, Texas: A woman who was raped by a military police officer is suing the U.S. government. http://ow.ly/EVWLc
  • Update: Polk County, Florida (First reported 01-23-14): A now-former sheriff’s deputy pled guilty to two counts of official misconduct, which stems from arresting women and offering them deals if they exposed themselves. http://ow.ly/EW42e
  • Grapevine, Texas: A police officer was placed on administrative leave after admitting to taking and ingesting K-9 training narcotics. http://ow.ly/EW4Zl
  • Update: Hillsdale, Missouri (First reported 08-14-14): A now-former lieutenant will spend the next 46 months in jail followed by three years of probation. He pled guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and attempt to distribute heroin. http://ow.ly/EW5M3
  • Update: Maywood, Illinois (First reported 12-18-12): A now-former police officer was found guilty of misconduct but acquitted on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman he picked up in his squad car while on duty.http://ow.ly/EWaYL
  • Isabella County, Michigan: A deputy quit before facing firing for repeatedly questioning a 24-year-old woman about her sexual experiences and sending her graphically sexual text messages, according to departmental investigative reports. http://ow.ly/EW80n
  • Plaistow, New Hampshire: A now-former police detective has been sentenced to spend nine days behind bars. He pled guilty to criminal threatening and admitted he held a knife to a man’s throat, saying “shut up or I will slice you.” ly/EVDet
  • Update: Atlanta, Georgia (First reported 09-02-14): The shooting death of a woman whose body, found burning, has resulted in an indictment of a now-former police officer. ly/ESOot
  • Washoe County, Nevada: A sheriff’s deputy has been arrested after police say he was firing a gun while drunk and threatened to shoot at a sheriff’s helicopter. ly/ESOdi “

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

 

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-25-14

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-21-14

 

 

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” Here are the 8 reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, November 21, 2014:

  • Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina: The attorney general’s office said a now-former police officer has been indicted on charges of embezzlement by a grand jury. ly/EH2dS
  • Dupont, Pennsylvania: A police officer is under investigation by the county District Attorney’s office for a “systemic abuse of authority.” A range of examples was cited; the DA believes the officer did not act properly, from issuing unlawful traffic citations to failing to investigate a stabbing, a DUI and other cases. ly/EGQ0P
  • Oakwood, Ohio: A now-former police officer accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from the police lodge where he was treasurer has been charged with grand theft. ly/EGD4Z
  • Buffalo, New York: A police officer has been charged with taking $130 from a woman’s pocketbook while on duty. ly/EGhDL
  • New York, New York: Two police officers were entering pitch-black stairwell of a building one of them with his sidearm drawn. The investigation’s leading theory described an instance of clumsiness on the part of the officer; officials say he accidentally shot his gun, killing an unarmed man in the stairwell. The officer was relieved of his gun and his badge. ly/EGdIb
  • Garden City, Idaho: A Garden City police officer has resigned from his department after a second DUI arrest. ly/EG3cW
  • Oconee County, South Carolina: A deputy was fired after he was charged with the assault and battery of a young child. “No one is above the law,” said the sheriff in a written statement. “Officers will not be treated any differently than any other resident of Oconee County and if allegations surface and are proven to be true, appropriate action will be taken.”ly/EFEPJ
  • Memphis, Tennessee: A Memphis police officer charged with second-degree murder for fatally shooting her wife has pled not guilty. She was also charged with attempted murder because she tried to shoot the woman’s 12-year-old son. ly/EFuJE “

 

 

 

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Obama’s Next Step: Government Task Force For ‘New Americans’

 

 

 

Fears that President Obama would attempt to assimilate immigrant communities into a new America that entrenches multiculturalism and acceptance of large government—in other words, an America that differs in important ways from the country we once knew—are being sadly confirmed.

  The White House on Friday quickly followed the president’s controversial executive order by announcing the formation of a task force that in fact attempts to do just that.

  The presidential memorandum states:

  Our success as a Nation of immigrants is rooted in our ongoing commitment to welcoming and integrating newcomers into the fabric of our country. It is important that we develop a Federal immigrant integration strategy that is innovative and competitive with those of other industrialized nations and supports mechanisms to ensure that our Nation’s diverse people are contributing to society to their fullest potential.

  Therefore, I am establishing a White House Task Force on New Americans, an interagency effort to identify and support State and local efforts at integration that are working and to consider how to expand and replicate successful models. The Task Force, which will engage with community, business, and faith leaders, as well as State and local elected officials, will help determine additional steps the Federal Government can take to ensure its programs and policies are serving diverse communities that include new Americans.

  The insistence on diversity is not happenstance. The president clearly does not seek E Pluribus Unum, but to entrench the balkanized America and the “minority vs. majority” discourse that has governed the nation’s thinking since the 1970s.”

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-20-14

 

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

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

 

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National Police Misconduct NewsFeed Daily Recap 11-19-14

 

 

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

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

 

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