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  • Female police officer faces murder charges for shooting and killing unarmed suspect (Dauphin,PA)

    03/25/2015 5:32:21 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    Fox2 Now ^ | March 25, 2015
    DAUPHIN COUNTY, PA – Officer Lisa Mearkle turned herself in to state police to face a charge of criminal homicide in the killing of David Kassick. She’s a 14-year veteran of the Hummelstown Police Department. “Officer Mearkle, by all accounts, has been a distinguished member of the Hummelstown police department so this is certainly a tragedy all around. said Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico. A tragic ending for Kassick, who was 59. Mearkle tried to pull Kassick over for an expired inspection sticker on February 2nd. He took off and she chased him to his home in south Hanover...
  • JSO Officer Accused of Letting Woman Drive Patrol Car to Hooters

    03/24/2015 6:43:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    News4Jax ^ | Mar 21 2015 | Hailey Winslow
    Officer was disciplined for groping his girlfriend in uniform in public last summerA JSO officer who was disciplined for groping his girlfriend while in uniform in public last summer is now being accused of letting a woman drive his patrol car to Hooters. According to reports obtained by the Florida Times-Union, the latest incident stems from complaints that two people witnessed a woman driving Irving Diaz's police cruiser. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Internal Affairs unit received the complaints in October. The first was from a man married to Diaz's ex-wife, who was dropping off Diaz's kids for a visit. According...
  • Man freed after 20 years in prison for Waukegan murder gets $20 million

    03/24/2015 6:12:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Authorities have reached a $20 million settlement with a man who spent two decades in prison before he was cleared by DNA of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl in Waukegan, ending a controversial chapter for Lake County's troubled justice system. Lawyers for Juan Rivera said the agreement with the city of Waukegan and other governmental bodies marks the largest settlement for a wrongfully convicted person in Illinois. "No amount of money could ever sum up to 20 years in prison," Rivera, who hopes to go to college to study business management, said Friday at the offices of...
  • New chief takes over Rocky Ford Police Department (Colorado)

    03/24/2015 5:56:15 PM PDT · by TankerKC · 13 replies
    KOAA 5 ^ | March 23, 2015 | Eric Ross
    There's a shakeup happening at the Rocky Ford Police Department. The City Manager has reassigned Chief Frank Gallegos and promoted a captain to take on the chief's role. We received a handful of tips from our viewers in Rocky Ford who were too afraid to talk on camera, saying they still don't trust the police force. It has been a tough six months for the department as former Officer James Ashby heads to trial for second-degree murder in the death of Jack Jacquez. As that case moves forward, we uncovered Chief Frank Gallegos is now a commander. His position has...
  • Dash Cam Video Shows Michigan Cops Lied About Beating Man They Arrested

    03/24/2015 1:08:55 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 56 replies
    PhotographyIsNotACrime.com ^ | 03/24/2015 | Carlos Miller
    Michigan cops pulled a man over for a minor traffic violation, proceeding to yank him out of his car and brutally abuse him, including one officer who placed him in a chokehold and punched him repeatedly while another officer kicked him and a third officer tased him several times.Inkster police say they were only trying to protect themselves from a man who threatened to kill them.But a police dash cam video shows they approached him at gunpoint, then yanked him out of the car without provocation on the evening of January 28, 2015.The portion of the dash cam video...
  • Officer charged with killing unarmed driver laying facedown

    03/24/2015 11:28:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 54 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 03/24/2015 | MARK SCOLFORO
    Harrisburg, Pa. • A police officer was charged Tuesday with criminal homicide after investigators concluded she shot an unarmed motorist in the back as he lay facedown after a traffic stop over an expired inspection sticker.Authorities accused Hummelstown police Officer Lisa J. Mearkle of shooting David Kassick, 59, twice Feb. 2 without legal justification. She was jailed without bail.They said Mearkle had attempted to pull over Kassick for expired inspection and emissions stickers before he sped away. She caught up to Kassick near his sister's home, where he got out and ran.
  • Bombshell police video shows Secret Service SUV hit White House security barricade...

    03/24/2015 10:23:39 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 13 replies
    www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 3/24/15 | unknown
    Police surveillance video shown publicly for the first time Tuesday shows Secret Service agents in their government vehicle driving through the secured area and nudging a temporary barrier at low speed as it drove toward a checkpoint. The incident occurred as on-duty officers and agents investigated a suspicious package thrown near the White House on March 4 – and an accompanying threat that it contained a bomb. The House Oversight Committee showed the video from the Washington Metropolitan Police Department during a hearing on Capitol Hill. Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy was testifying for the third time about the incident,...
  • US Marshals Investigated for Quid Pro Quo Hiring, Misuse of Asset Forfeiture Funds

    03/22/2015 1:18:42 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 25 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 19, 2015 | C J Ciaramella
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) has launched an investigation into alleged quid pro quo hiring and misuse of federal asset forfeiture funds at the US Marshals Service. In a letter sent to the U.S. Marshals Service Thursday, Grassley requested records in response to whistleblower allegations that senior officials in the service’s Asset Forfeiture Division (AFD) engaged in improper hiring practices.
  • Police departments hiring immigrants as officers

    03/21/2015 6:40:04 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 45 replies
    usa today (link only) | march 21, 2015 | alan gomez
    Link only: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/21/immigrant-police-officers/70236828/
  • FBI Agent Charged With Falsifying Records, Selling Stolen Drugs

    03/20/2015 2:30:29 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 7 replies
    NBC - Washington DC ^ | March 20, 2015
    Fueled by an addiction to prescription painkillers, an FBI agent abused heroin from his own drug investigations and in the process botched dozens of cases involving suspected drug traffickers in multiple states, according to details that emerged Friday. Matthew Lowry, formerly a special agent with the agency's Washington field office, tampered with hundreds of grams of heroin seized during drug investigations in 2013 and 2014, keeping it in his car for weeks or months, and periodically using it, according to charging documents filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
  • Sheriff Lieutenant Caught on Video Saying Officers Disciplined for Not Writing Enough Tickets

    03/19/2015 7:20:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 25 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/18/2015 | Anne Schieber
    It is against the law in Michigan for police agencies to impose a traffic ticket quota on officers. So when a Newaygo County sheriff’s deputy was caught on video telling county commissioners he would reprimand subordinates for not writing enough tickets to comply with a federal grant, motorists bristled. “The damage this sort of abuse does to the credibility of police officers being there to 'protect and serve' is enormous,” said Jim Walker, executive director of the National Motorists Association Foundation. “We have had 40 years of it, and it is time to stop. And the feds are a major...
  • In red light camera debate in U.S., opponents find legal technicalities

    03/18/2015 1:24:29 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 3-18-2015 | Zachary Fagenson
    MIAMI (Reuters) - As courts across the United States struggle to determine the legality of red-light cameras, drivers are slipping through a patchwork of often conflicting laws to avoid millions in fines. Two south Florida judges dismissed 24,000 red-light tickets worth an estimated $6.3 million earlier this week over concerns Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions Inc (ATS), which provides the cameras, was too involved in the outcome of cases. By Florida law "the police have certain powers they cannot delegate to private vendors," said Ted Hollander, who represented the Florida drivers. "What we found in testimony is that (the company) had...
  • Vegas police officer wearing body camera facing battery case

    03/18/2015 5:58:56 AM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 17, 2015 | KEN RITTER
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A veteran Las Vegas police officer has been suspended and accused of misdemeanor battery after a body camera he was wearing provided evidence that he injured a woman he arrested for littering and loitering for the purpose of prostitution, authorities said Tuesday. An expert said it might be one of the first cases in which a body camera has led to criminal charges against a police officer. Officer Richard Scavone, 43, used "not only excessive, but also unreasonable" force in the 5 a.m. Jan. 6 scuffle in a neon-lit industrial area one block west Las Vegas...
  • Taos sheriff hires officer who left state police after controversial shooting

    03/17/2015 6:34:09 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 28 replies
    Taos News ^ | 3-17-15 | Andrew Oxford
    Sixteen months after leaving the New Mexico State Police amid controversy surrounding an officer-involved shooting in which he fired at the tires of a fleeing minivan carrying a woman and her five children, Elias Montoya is wearing a badge again. Montoya is among the Taos County Sheriff’s newest deputies. Chosen from among 17 candidates who applied for two open positions, he is expected to be back on patrol by month’s end. While describing Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe’s decision to hire him as “a gutsy move,” Montoya was unreserved Monday in discussing the incident Oct. 28, 2013 that ended his career as...
  • The War Against Good Cops

    03/16/2015 1:01:13 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2015 | Matthew Thomas
    Over the past few years our nation has seen a fair share of controversy as it relates to Peace Officers in the United States. Whether it is a Police Officer in a major metropolitan city, or a Deputy Sheriff in a rural county area, we have all been affected by the extreme focus on our profession. We have heard the mainstream media discussing a range of topics such as how we should do our jobs, how the federal government should be involved in local policing, or the supposed large divide between Peace Officers and the citizens. There have been a...
  • LAPD Officer Accused of Trying To Smuggle Mexican citizen Across Border [Illegal In Trunk}

    03/16/2015 5:28:28 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    LA Times ^ | March 16, 2015 | JOSEPH SERNA
    LAPD Officer Accused of Trying To Smuggle Mexican citizen Across Border By JOSEPH SERNA LAPD officer arrested at Otay Mesa border on suspicion of human smuggling is 10-year veteran LAPD officer charged with trying to smuggle man into U.S. A 10-year LAPD officer and a second person were charged by federal prosecutors Monday with trying to smuggle a Mexican citizen into the United States in the trunk of a car at the Otay Mesa border crossing. Officer Carlos Curiel Quezada Jr., 34, and Angelica Godinez, 31, were stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Saturday evening when they drove...
  • Elderly couple complains after traffic stop turns into drug interrogation [Georgia]

    03/13/2015 8:13:22 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 90 replies
    CBS46.com ^ | March 12, 2015 | Adam Murphy and Rodney Harris
    A routine traffic stop turned into a drug interrogation for an elderly couple in Walton County. CBS46 began investigating the incident when the couple passing through Georgia complained that a deputy crossed the line. Charles Tharp, 69, never expected that his family vacation would end the way it did. He and his wife had just visited their grandchild in Texas and were headed back home to North Carolina when a Walton County Sheriff's deputy stopped them. “It just seemed a little unusual because we're not speeding and we're always careful drivers,” said Charles Tharp. Tharp and his wife were told...
  • Proposed Law Would Let Police Enter Homes Without Warrants And Shoot Dogs

    03/11/2015 5:46:03 AM PDT · by Altariel · 76 replies
    Mint Press News ^ | March 9, 2015 | Jackson Marciana
    A new bill has been proposed which would allow police officers to enter any home, regardless of whether or not they have a warrant, if there is a pit bull on the property. Even worse, the bill would allow officers to shoot and kill the dog if only a handful of conditions were met. The Huffington Post reported that measure would make Mississippi the only state in history with a policy against a specific dog breed. House Bill 1261 not only says police may enter homes without warrants, but they could actually kill the animal if they determine the dogs...
  • White Cop Shoots, Kills Naked, Unarmed Black Man Near ATL (Video)

    03/10/2015 10:16:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    EURWeb ^ | March 10, 2015 | Staff
    *A white, Atlanta-area police officer shot and killed a naked and unarmed African-American man who was said to be acting erratically in his apartment complex and possibly suffering from a mental illness, reports Reuters. This becomes third African-American man to be shot dead by police since last Friday, who either was or seemed unarmed. In Monday’s shooting, a Dekalb County police officer responded to a caller who said a man was “acting deranged, knocking on doors, and crawling around on the ground naked,” on Monday around 1 p.m. local time, county police chief Cedric Alexander told reporters. The officer confronted...
  • Charges dropped against Sunset Park teen after videos show cops lied

    03/06/2015 12:00:05 PM PST · by redreno · 28 replies
    http://brooklynpaper.com ^ | March 5, 2015 | By Max Jaeger
    Another Sunset Park resident is vindicated after prosecutors dropped charges that video of the incident proved were trumped-up. Prosecutors dismissed charges that 17-year-old Enrique Del Rosario assaulted a police officer on June 8. Cops pinched Del Rosario last summer as he filmed them arresting revelers during Puerto Rican Day festivities on Fifth Avenue in Sunset Park. They beat Del Rosario and then tried to make him look like the aggressor, his lawyer said.
  • Friend of man shot by Volusia Co. deputy calls killing 'murder'

    03/06/2015 8:32:54 AM PST · by redreno · 34 replies
    http://www.wftv.com ^ | Wednesday, March 4, 2015 | unknown
    Authorities have identified a man who died after being shot in the face by a Volusia County Sheriff's deputy early Wednesday morning. The shooting happened while deputies served a search warrant for drugs in Deltona, authorities said. Deputies said they were serving the warrant in a home on Maybrook Drive when Derek Cruice, 26, advanced on a member of the SWAT team who was entering the residence. "The search warrant was a narcotics search warrant. It's been an ongoing narcotic investigation," said Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson. At 6:32 a.m., Deputy Todd Raible, 36, opened fire one time, shooting Cruice...
  • Police officer shot multiple times in North Philadelphia dies

    03/05/2015 7:11:02 PM PST · by PROCON · 58 replies
    6abc.com ^ | March 5, 2015
    NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A police officer shot multiple times in North Philadelphia has died and two people have been taken into custody. The shooting occurred around 4:45 p.m. Thursday in a shopping center at the intersection of West Lehigh Avenue and North 21st Street. Officer Robert Wilson III, a 22nd district officer, was shot three times, once in the head, once in the chest and once in the eye.
  • WATCH: Some Shocking New Facts From the LAPD Shooting That Could Change Everything...

    03/05/2015 3:46:49 PM PST · by StevenCrowder · 130 replies
    www.LouderWithCrowder.com ^ | 03/05/2015 | Steven Crowder
    In the wake of the #LAPDShooting, the media’s already decided to set the narrative: one where racist cops shoot an unarmed, homeless, black man. You know… just because. But as we comb through this video, there are some key, shocking facts that you may have never heard and/or seen before. Facts that could change everything.. What do you think? Merely another case of police brutality/racism... even after watching this video?
  • Man in Finland gets $60,000 speeding ticket

    03/05/2015 1:37:43 PM PST · by xp38 · 71 replies
    AOL News ^ | 2015 March 4 | AOL
    Breaking the law in Finland will cost you, but exactly how much depends on a couple of things. One is the severity of the crime committed, and the other is the lawbreaker's income. The latter factor is in place to ensure that punishments are equally felt by all be they rich or poor. Due to his millionaire status, Reima Kuisla was handed a roughly 60 thousand dollar ticket for traveling 14 miles per hour over the posted limit. Before issuing the citation, authorities looked up the man's 2013 tax return and calculated the amount accordingly.Though the ticket value is based...
  • Gunman kills veteran police detective in Fulton County, GA (Article and Video)

    03/04/2015 9:13:55 PM PST · by beaversmom · 14 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | March 4, 2015 | Meg Wagner
    A gunman ambushed cops and killed a veteran detective early Wednesday during a door-to-door shooting spree in an Atlanta-area suburb, police said. Det. Terence Avery Green, a 22-year veteran Fulton County officer, died in a shootout with the suspect, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported. Police said the suspect was possibly drunk when he started terrorizing the Cedar Grove neighborhood near Fairburn, Ga., early Wednesday. He carried a long barrel gun and banged on doors. Then, he fired into some of the homes, police said. Fulton County cops responded to the scene around 1:30 a.m., and the man opened fire on...
  • Sheriff's office: Man [fatally] shot in face by Volusia deputy was unarmed (Florida)

    03/05/2015 5:01:21 AM PST · by Ken H · 7 replies
    MyNews13 ^ | Mar 04, 2015 | Saul Saenz, Volusia County Reporter
    A Volusia County deputy is under investigation after shooting an unarmed man in the face and killing him while trying to serve a narcotics search warrant at a home in Deltona. Derek Cruice, 26, was inside a home on Maybrook Drive, when a narcotics task force showed up with a warrant around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. The sheriff's office said Todd Raible, a SWAT team member who was working as a narcotics investigator, fired his weapon at Cruice after his actions caused the deputy to perceive a threat. -snip- The sheriff's office said investigators recovered approximately 217 grams of marijuana during...
  • Visalia cop’s gun goes off at home, hits family member

    03/04/2015 9:23:17 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 33 replies
    Fresno Bee ^ | Lewis Grizwold
    VISALIA — The personal handgun of an off-duty police officer accidentally discharged at her home and hit a family member, Visalia police said Wednesday. The unusual incident happened about 10:07 p.m. Monday. The adult family member, a female, suffered wounds that were not life-threatening wounds and had to be hospitalized, but was alert and conscious throughout the ordeal, police said. Her name and how she is related to the officer were not released to protect her privacy, police said. Patrol officer Amerie Norman was at home and a personal handgun was out when the gun accidentally discharged for reasons that...
  • (Waldo) Florida speed trap town disbands police department

    03/04/2015 12:15:01 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 32 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 03/04/2015 | Assoc. Press
    WALDO, Fla. (AP) - The tiny town of Waldo in north Florida has such a notorious reputation as a speed trap that AAA erected billboards to warn drivers about it, but all that may be about to change. On Tuesday, weeks after the police chief and interim chief resigned due to state investigations into ticket quotas, mishandling of evidence and other issues, Waldo's City Council disbanded its police force. While the Alachua County Sheriff's Office is now in charge of policing the town of 1,000, and AAA says it will consider removing its billboards, some citizens worry that the speeding...
  • Obama pressing for federal control of local police

    03/03/2015 10:55:43 PM PST · by Perseverando · 83 replies
    WND ^ | March 03, 2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    Call it Common Core for police. But the White House, in cahoots with the Department of Justice, has set in motion a plan that will expand federal control of community police forces, via standards handed from above called the “Task Force on 21st Century Policing.” The plan was released Monday, Infowars reported. And its gist? Like Common Core, the education plan criticized by opponents as little more than a federal mandate that’s tied to funding, the just-released police plan would force local law enforcement agencies to follow federally set standards in return for receiving federal tax dollars. “The U.S. Department...
  • Body-camera maker has financial ties to police chiefs; questions of influence are raised

    03/02/2015 10:52:12 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 1 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | 3-3-2015 | RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press
    Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising conflict-of-interest questions. Taser is covering airfare and hotels for police chiefs who speak at promotional conferences and is hiring recently retired chiefs as consultants, sometimes months after their cities signed contracts with the company. Taser is planning to send two to speak in Australia and the United Arab Emirates in March at events during which they will address potential customers. The relationships raise questions about whether chiefs are acting objectively in their...
  • Texas Town Sees 61% Drop in Crime After Kicking Out Cops

    03/03/2015 4:10:41 AM PST · by Freeport · 37 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 03.03.2015 | N/A
    Rather than degenerate into a lawless land where criminals rule the streets, a Texas town that fired its entire police department has seen a 61% decrease is crime. In 2012, Sharpstown, a community of 66,000 located just southwest of Houston, declined to renew its contract with the constable’s office, essentially dismissing its cops. Instead, the Sharpstown Civic Association hired SEAL Security Solutions, a private firm, to patrol their streets. “Since we’ve been in there, an independent crime study that they’ve had done [indicates] we’ve reduced the crime by 61% in just 20 months," James Alexander, Director of Operations for SEAL,...
  • More Private Mercenary Police Begin Enforcing Law on the Public

    03/02/2015 8:43:06 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 13 replies
    Activist Post ^ | 3/1/2015 | Eric Blair
    (Video at link) The militarized Police State has been inching toward using private mercenary groups for law enforcement for some time. Most attempts have failed spectacularly when the public gets wind of it. However, a clever new strategy to achieve this goal was recently deployed and it may appeal to some. This past September, I wrote an article "Blackwater-like contractor seeks to legalize private police in the U.S." which exposed how "private security" firms were being subcontracted for police raids. Outrage ensued. This followed a bungled attempt in 2009 to introduce the private foreign-owned American Police Force to Harding, Montana....
  • Homeless man tasered and killed by police (WARNING: GRAPHIC)

    03/01/2015 8:31:04 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 117 replies
    WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE AND VIOLENCE. Police busting up some homeless people end up shooting him. 9x cops, 2 homeless one being a skinny crackhead. Vid speaks for itself Read more at http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=0e6_1425257124#GJRB5TJU7DbSSc1z.99
  • But for the video…

    03/01/2015 9:54:48 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/15 | Radley Balko
    The latest example of cellphone video vindicating someone from false charges is a doozy. It comes from Washington Parish, La., and WWL TV. One of the worst days of Douglas Dendinger’s life began with him handing an envelope to a police officer. In order to help out his family and earn a quick $50, Dendinger agreed to act as a process server, giving a brutality lawsuit filed by his nephew to Chad Cassard as the former Bogalusa police officer exited the Washington Parish Courthouse. The handoff went smoothly, but Dendinger said the reaction from Cassard, and a group of officers...
  • The Flipside: How Not to Get Killed By Cops

    02/21/2015 5:01:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2015 | Michael Loftus
    Editor's note: The following is an adapted transcript from “The Flipside with Michael Loftus,” a new comedy show that’s debuted on TV stations across America.You know what I did? I invented an app for your phone. Now here’s what you do when inventing an app, you look around and try to figure out what everybody needs; so I’m watching the news, turns out everybody’s getting killed by cops. So everybody’s gonna need my new App, “Michael Loftus’ How Not to Get Killed by the Cops.” It’s super easy; you just press a button and it tells you what to do. Let’s...
  • Shocking moment orchard worker, 35, was gunned down by police for 'throwing rocks'

    02/28/2015 9:59:35 PM PST · by Rabin · 53 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | February 2015 | Associated Press Reporter
    Jan. 26 death death of Jessica Hernandez's who was shot by dead by police was ruled a homicide (deliberate and unlawful killing of one person by another;), Fourty seven shots were fired, Jessica a 17-year-old Colorado girl, was unarmed. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/death-denver-teen-jessica-hernandez-killed-police-ruled-homicide-n314771 Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35-year-old Washington orchard worker (Mex) in had thrown rock at (moving) cars. Tonio was fired upon 17 times by Pasco police from less than five yards...
  • Highway Patrol Error Results In Hellish Roadside Experience For Classic Car Owner [VIDEO]

    02/28/2015 1:38:46 PM PST · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 67 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/26/15 | Chuck Ross
    A string of errors on the part of troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol resulted in a humiliating and frightening experience last year for a couple from Washington who were pulled over while cruising down the highway in their classic 1962 Chevy Impala. Now, the couple, Robin and Beverly Bruins, has filed suit against the troopers and the Nevada Highway Patrol. Trouble started for the Bruins when they were pulled over by a trooper after he initiated a “routine records check” on the car. When the check did not return a match, the trooper pulled the couple over, Las Vegas’...
  • In Fairfax, Va., a different, no-less-scary police shooting

    02/27/2015 7:11:32 AM PST · by heartwood · 24 replies
    CBC News ^ | Feb. 18, 2015 | Neal Macdonald
    White privilege didn't protect John Geer. That's not to say he didn't have it. As a middle-class kitchen designer living in the pleasant Washington suburb of Fairfax, Va., he had nothing whatsoever in common with the impoverished black men killed by police in Missouri and Brooklyn last year. But Geer, pierced 18 months ago by a police bullet as he stood inside the screen door of his own home, his hands raised, begging not to be shot, simply disappeared into the emotional mixing bowl of American news and political priorities. That should not have happened. The killing of John Geer...
  • Guardian: Chicago police run a CIA-style 'black site'

    02/24/2015 12:57:20 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | 2-24-2015 | THOMAS A. CORFMAN
    The Chicago Police Department operates an unofficial detention center on the West Side that some defendants' lawyers describe as the equivalent of a CIA black site, according to a report by the Guardian newspaper. Suspects are interrogated at the facility, a warehouse in the Homan Square complex, instead of being formally booked and detained at a police station, the London newspaper reported today in two stories totaling more than 3,600 words. The practices at the facility include beatings by police, shackling suspects for long periods of time and denying attorneys' access to their clients, the Guardian says. The report follows...
  • The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'

    02/24/2015 2:14:25 PM PST · by NRx · 26 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 24 Feb 2015 | Spencer Ackerman
    The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site. The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.
  • Video appears to show elderly man tasered by police

    02/25/2015 7:18:05 AM PST · by redreno · 5 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | 02/24/2015 | By KRISTEN DESILVA
    A video posted to YouTube this week shows what appeared to be an elderly man being tasered by police with his hands up. The video, reportedly taken near Key West, Fla., shows two officers and an unidentified man during a traffic stop. The apparently older man slowly leaves his car with his hands raised and is tasered by one of the officers. Little is known about the incident in the video, which was originally taken down. An edited version of the video was uploaded Monday by a blog run by Info Wars.
  • BREAKING: Cop Throws Elderly Man Down, Slaps Him in the Face, For Trying to Use a Restroom

    02/24/2015 2:03:58 PM PST · by redreno · 92 replies
    http://thefreethoughtproject.com ^ | 02/23/2015 | By Cassandra Rules
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL– A video uploaded to YouTube on Sunday shows Fort Lauderdale police officer Victor Ramirez harassing and assaulting an elderly gentleman at the Broward Bus Terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The man is not being aggressive or threatening in any way when he is shoved to the ground and slapped by the officer. The man was reportedly trying to use the bus terminal’s restroom. “The guy didn’t raise his hand to the officer at all,” a witness told Local 10 News. “The officer just knocked him down with his hands. The guy was defenseless.”
  • Florida Cop Drags Mentally Ill Woman Through Courthouse Like a Suitcase

    02/24/2015 2:09:59 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 29 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 02/24/2015 | Emily Shire
    Just minutes after being declared mentally incompetent, a shackled Dasyl Jeanette Rios was tugged by her feet down a courthouse hallway. “All I wanted to do was sob for a few minutes. Cry. I wanted to cry for a few minutes because my life is in your hands,” Dasyl Jeanette Rios said, wailing, as she was pulled by a Broward Sheriff’s deputy with her feet shackled through a Florida courthouse on Monday. The 28-year-old woman had just been declared mentally incompetent before she was dragged like a suitcase through the hallways by Christopher Johnson. The disturbing incident was captured on...
  • Investigator: Former cop killed ex-wife, ambushed police

    02/23/2015 5:59:56 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 1 replies
    CNN ^ | 2-23-15 | Eliot McLaughlin
    A former cop "disenfranchised with law enforcement" and known to own "a lot of guns" is accused of killing his ex-wife before ambushing a sheriff and deputy who responded to the scene, a Georgia Bureau of Investigation official said Monday. The deaths appear to have resulted from a "long-simmering domestic dispute," Rusty Andrews, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's deputy director of investigations, told reporters. Anthony Giaquinta, an ex-military contractor and a former law enforcement officer with the Gainesville Police Department and Habersham County Sheriff's Office, was found dead from what police believe was an exchange of gunfire with a deputy....
  • FL: Anonymous Internet Source Claims to be Crooked Cop, gives details

    02/23/2015 2:40:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 24 February, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    An anonymous Internet source posting as "Guest" has started a firestorm on a forum for the Palm Beach County Sheriff Office, titled pbsotalk.com.   The original post, titled "Tricks of the trade - let's exchange!" deals with how to plant evidence to cause problems for someone they arrest who has aroused their ire.  Here is the original post: I was lucky to get a really good FTO when I started almost 15 years ago. He taught me to always keep learning new skills and techniques. It's not always easy to do being in a zone with the same old people...
  • DA to seek murder charges in James Boyd shooting

    02/21/2015 7:49:43 PM PST · by Marie · 28 replies
    koat.com ^ | Jan 12, 2015 | Regina Ruiz
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —The district attorney is seeking criminal charges against the two officers who shot and killed James Boyd last spring. Police said officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez fatally shot Boyd last year. District Attorney Kari Brandenburg submitted paperwork Monday to move the case forward. The next step would be a preliminary hearing, where prosecutors would make their case to go to a full trial. A judge would have the final say on whether the case moves forward. "In this case we do believe that we have probable cause," Brandenburg said. The DA is seeking murder charges. Brandenburg also...
  • Police officer, aiming for dog, accidentally shoots his sergeant in Brooklyn, New York

    02/20/2015 11:59:45 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 34 replies
    ABC 30 ^ | February 18, 2015
    BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- A police officer accidentally shot his sergeant after firing at a pit bull inside a Brooklyn apartment building. The shots were fired after New York City Police officers responded to a report of an assault inside the apartment building on Kings Highway at around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. The officers were in the hallway when a pit bull mix was let out of one of the apartments. The dog charged at them, according to police, and the officer fired a shot at the dog. The shot grazed the dog, possibly ricocheted off a wall, and then struck...
  • Lawyer’s Controversial Flyer Helps Drivers Pass Through DUI Checkpoints

    02/18/2015 8:50:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Feb 18 2015 10:04 am
    A controversial new flyer is helping some people dodge DUI checkpoints, without even speaking a word to the police. Motorists who pull up to sobriety checkpoints are holding up the “Fair DUI Flyer.” The flyer reads “I remain silent, no searches and I want my lawyer,” along with a short list of state laws. Drivers who are passing through DUI checkpoints don't roll down the window, but instead display the flyer with their driver’s license, insurance and registration. …
  • HB 56 (Georgia): How the State wants to legalize more killings of innocents by police

    02/18/2015 6:42:04 AM PST · by BobNative · 19 replies
    "HB 56 is a bill designed to white-wash decades of judicial activism that enabled LEO to obtain and execute illegal search warrants, which are referred to as “no-knock warrants” in the common environment. HB 56 is a whitewash because it actually amends current law to define “no-knock warrants” where no such term currently appears, and it obliterates the existing law (OCGA 17-5-27) that prohibits warrants that allow no verbal announcement from LEO before they breach a door."
  • Florida cops storm barber shop to inspect licenses and sanitation

    02/15/2015 10:03:28 PM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 60 replies
    PoliceStateUSA.com ^ | 17SEP2014 | Staff Writer
    ORLANDO, FL — Deputies and state regulators aggressively raided Orlando-area barbershops, roughing up innocent staff and handcuffing them on the floor in an effort to check if the barbers had acquired government permission to legally cut hair. A series of these raids has recently come to light, one of which is making its way through the litigation process in the federal court system. This was the raid of the Strictly Skills barbershop in Pine Hills, Florida, in which government agents warrantlessly stormed in the establishment with as many as 25 customers and 6 staff members present.