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  • In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist

    09/02/2014 8:35:52 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 22 replies
    A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Maryland, middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—"taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future. Sheriff Phillips told the newspaper that,...
  • Dozens of police departments report losing weapons supplied by Pentagon

    08/31/2014 10:58:39 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 42 replies
    ·FoxNews ^ | September 01, 2014 | ·FoxNews
    Images showing high-powered military rifles in the hands of law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo., after the police shooting of an unarmed black man focused attention on a controversial Pentagon program that supplies that kind of weaponry to local police departments. Now reports reveal how some of those guns have been lost by law enforcement officials who received the weapons.
  • Oakland Police Car Hits 58-Year-Old Man Near Lake Merritt

    08/31/2014 1:12:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Sunday, Aug 31, 2014
    A 58-year-old man who collided with an Oakland police patrol car Saturday afternoon near Lake Merritt is in critical condition, according to police. The collision happened around 1:30 p.m. when the patrol car traveling at slow speeds south on Third Avenue made a turn to East 12th Street, police said. The pedestrian, an Oakland resident, was transported to a hospital for treatment, according to police. The officer driving the car was the lone occupant and responding to a call for service, police said. Police have not determined if the pedestrian was on the crosswalk at the time of the collision....
  • Arresting Photo of Sultry Lady Dutch Cop Sweeps the Internet

    08/31/2014 10:47:17 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 107 replies
    Nw York Daily News ^ | Agust 27, 2014 | Sasha Goldstein
    Internet users begging for arrest after photo of hot Dutch cop flares passions The sultry officer, armed with a pistol on her waist as she investigates a burglary, has gone viral again more than two years after the photo was originally snapped. The head-turning law enforcer's outfit of tight white pants and cowboy boots prompted users on Reddit to exclaim love at first sight. Her looks alone are arresting. A smokin’ hot female Dutch cop has the Internet swooning as a two-year-old photograph of the sexy officer has once again swept the web. The stunning law enforcement officer was snapped...
  • Sheriff's Staff Calls Response to Metcalf Attack a Debacle

    08/30/2014 2:31:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014
    It was a major attack on a South Bay electrical substation, but first responders are now saying that a member of Congress—and the public—may not be getting the truthThree members of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office who responded to a major attack on a South Bay electrical substation last year recently revealed their belief that those in charge mishandled critical decisions just hours after the incident. Around 1:30 a.m. on April 16 last year, an attacker or attackers opened fire on Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Metcalf substation located off Highway 101 in south San Jose. Bullets from a...
  • Celebrities, Congressional Black Caucus: Let's Nationalize Police

    08/30/2014 8:20:23 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 42 replies
    The New American ^ | 30 August 2014 | Thomas R. Eddlem
    Celebrities, Congressional Black Caucus: Let's Nationalize Police The New American 30 August 2014 Prominent celebrities and Congressional Black Caucus leaders endorsed a major nationalization of local police forces in a letter to President Obama. Full Article:http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/19025-celebrities-congressional-black-caucus-let-s-nationalize-police
  • Corruption in the City of Waldo exposed (FL)

    08/30/2014 7:27:19 AM PDT · by bamahead · 31 replies
    Ocala Post ^ | August 28, 2014
    Waldo, Florida — Many have heard the shocking stories about a little Florida town named Waldo — also known as America’s Worst Speed Trap. Over the years multiple complaints have been filed against the Waldo Police Department in regards to the tactics used by their police force. And with every complaint, city officials turned their heads. Yesterday, five Waldo Police Officers came forward and told city council that they had been under strict orders to meet a quota for traffic tickets under the command of Waldo Police Chief Mike Szabo and City Manager Kim Worley. Writing tickets to meet a...
  • Waldo cops say they've been under ticket quota by Chief Mike Szabo

    08/30/2014 5:55:26 AM PDT · by bamahead · 78 replies
    WPTV - West Palm Beach ^ | August 27, 2014 | AP
    WALDO — Five Florida police officers told the Waldo City Council that they’ve been under a quota to write traffic tickets, which is a violation of Florida law. The Gainesville Sun reports Officer Brandon Roberts told council members on Tuesday night they were required by Chief Mike Szabo to write 12 speeding tickets per 12-hour shift, or face punishment. He offered an electronic presentation and printed emails as evidence. Roberts said they were speaking up because they no longer have faith in their “chain of command.” Waldo was ranked as the nation’s third worst speed trap by a national publication...
  • South LA Family Says LAPD Trashed Their House While Serving Search Warrant

    08/29/2014 5:18:49 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | August 29, 2014 4:55 PM
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A couple in their 80s say the LAPD trashed their house while serving a search warrant, but police say officers did what they had to do in a potentially dangerous situation. Warren Johnson, 81, says police officers smashed in almost all his doors in his house with a handheld battering ram a week ago when they came to arrest his 18-year-old grandson, DeShawn Johnson, a gang member suspected in a West LA knock-knock burglary, and search for the electronics they believe he stole. Elderly Couple Says LAPD Trashed Their House While Serving Search Warrant A week...
  • St. Paul police defend skyway arrest; charges dismissed

    08/29/2014 7:10:25 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 70 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 8-28-14 | Mara H. Gottfried
    St. Paul police responded Thursday to criticism over officers' interaction with a man, including police use of a Taser, saying a video doesn't tell the whole story. Chris Lollie, 28, said he was sitting on a chair in a downtown skyway Jan. 31 when a security guard told him it was a private area and he couldn't be there. No signs were posted saying it was private, Lollie said. The guard called police. Lollie, of St. Paul, told an officer he was heading to pick up his children and didn't have to identify himself because he had done nothing wrong....
  • Dangerous prank brings SWAT team down on gamer [SWATTING]

    08/28/2014 2:43:35 PM PDT · by HammerT · 42 replies
    Engadget ^ | 8/28/2014 | Steve Dent
    A Littleton, Colorado, man named Jordan Mathewson was raided by a heavily armed SWAT team thanks to a false shooting and hostage report, and all the chaos was captured on a Twitch game stream (see below). During a Counter-Strike session, Jordan "Kootra" Mathewson -- a founder of The Creatures -- suddenly noticed things around him were amiss. "Uh oh. This isn't good. They're clearing rooms. What in the world, I think we're getting swatted," he says in the video. Luckily, Mathewson stayed calm throughout the ordeal and was released a short time later. On top of invading his offices, police...
  • Police summoned to investigate fictional story about killing a dinosaur, student arrested

    08/28/2014 10:10:59 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 65 replies
    Police State USA ^ | Posted on August 22, 2014 by Site Staff in News
    SUMMERVILLE, SC — Police were summoned to a high school after a boy wrote a story about using a gun to kill a dinosaur. The boy was searched, suspended from school, and subsequently handcuffed and arrested when he did not handle the interrogation calmly. Alex Stone, 16, said he was assigned to come up with a fictional story for a creative writing assignment at Summerville High School on August 19, 2014. The brief assignment involved writing a few lines that were supposed to mimic a social media post; a “status update” drafted on paper. Stone’s submission discussed himself and a...
  • 'Cops' Crew Member Killed by Officers While Show Films Armed Robbery (Omaha)

    08/27/2014 11:57:02 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 85 replies
    Yahoo TV ^ | 8-27-2014 | Jeremy Blacklow
    A staffer on the long-running television crime show Cops was shot and killed Tuesday night, reportedly by gun fire from local police, while videotaping an armed robbery in progress in Omaha, Nebraska, that also left the suspect dead. According to Deputy Chief David Baker of the Omaha Police Department, the incident took place at a Wendy's restaurant at around 9:20 p.m. CT, in the vicinity of 42nd Street and Dodge. Initial reports said the TV crew member, later identified by Langley Productions (which produces Cops) as audio technician Bryce Dion — had been critically injured. The news of his death...
  • CPD commander charged with official misconduct, aggravated battery

    08/28/2014 5:54:13 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 28 aug 2014 | Frank Main
    One of Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s most valued commanders was charged Wednesday with official misconduct and aggravated battery for allegedly putting his gun in a suspect’s mouth last year, officials said. Cmdr. Glenn Evans, who has been in charge of the Harrison District on the West Side, was stripped of his badge and gun earlier Wednesday. Evans is scheduled to appear in bond court on Thursday on the charges, which are both felonies.
  • Deputy who killed former Napster COO after drifting into the bike lane will NOT face charges

    08/28/2014 6:20:10 AM PDT · by Teotwawki · 61 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | August 28, 2014 | Snejana farberov
    California prosecutors have declined to file charges against a sheriff's deputy who struck and killed a prominent entertainment attorney and former Napster executive with his patrol car last year. Deputy Andrew Wood was apparently distracted by his mobile digital computer when his patrol car drifted into the bike lane, running over cyclist Milton Olin Jr. [snip] Prosecutors said in a letter released Wednesday and cited by Los Angeles Daily News that because Wood was acting within the course of his duties when typing into his computer, criminal charges are not warranted.
  • Philadelphia Earns Millions By Seizing Cash And Homes From People Never Charged With A Crime

    08/26/2014 10:41:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/26/2014 | Nick Sibilla
    Chris Sourovelis has never had any trouble with the law or been accused of any crime. But that hasn’t stopped the City of Philadelphia from trying to take his home. The Sourouvelis family, along with thousands of others in Philadelphia, is living a Kafkaesque nightmare: Their property is considered guilty; they must prove their innocence and the very prosecutors they’re fighting can profit from their misery. Now the Institute for Justice has filed a major class-action lawsuit to end these abuses of power. Back in March, Chris’s son was caught selling $40 worth of drugs outside of the home. With...
  • The Promiscuous Use of SWAT Teams Is a Bigger Problem Than Armored Vehicles on Our Streets

    08/27/2014 8:07:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Contrary to what you may have heard, the armored vehicles that appeared on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., during the unrest that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown did not come from the Pentagon. "Most of the stuff you are seeing in video coming out of Ferguson is not military," Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Defense Department's press secretary, told reporters last week. "The military is not the only source of tactical gear in this country." In other words: Don't blame the military for militarizing the police. Kirby has a point. Although the Pentagon has played a role by...
  • Court to Police: No Immunity Just Because You're Cops

    08/27/2014 6:24:08 AM PDT · by bamahead · 40 replies
    Reason ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jackson Kuhl
    On a Sunday afternoon in 2008, a tactical police team raided the Easton, Connecticut house of Ronald Terebesi searching for a small amount of personal drugs. While by day's end the police discovered drug paraphernalia and 0.02 ounces of a substance believed to be crack cocaine, an officer also killed Terebesi's unarmed guest, Gonzalo Guizan (pictured), by discharging his Glock sidearm six times until the weapon finally jammed. Guizan's estate and Terebesi filed civil suits against the officers in the raid, although the estate later settled out of court for $3.5 million. The tactical team—called SWERT for Southwest Regional Emergency...
  • The Literal War on Drugs

    08/27/2014 5:57:15 AM PDT · by bamahead · 10 replies
    Reason ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    The promiscuous use of SWAT teams is a bigger menace than armored vehicles on our streets. Contrary to what you may have heard, the armored vehicles that appeared on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, during the unrest that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown did not come from the Pentagon. "Most of the stuff you are seeing in video coming out of Ferguson is not military," Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Defense Department's press secretary, told reporters last week. "The military is not the only source of tactical gear in this country." In other words: Don't blame the military...
  • Kentucky: Lawsuit Restored Against Cop Caught Lying About Traffic Stop

    08/26/2014 3:21:59 PM PDT · by Ken H · 29 replies
    theNewspaper ^ | 8/26/2014 | n/a
    Video catches Kentucky State Trooper harassing motorist. US Court of Appeals rules cop can be sued for false arrest. Videotape proved essential for Freddie Gregory, a motorist falsely accused of traffic violations by a high-ranking Kentucky State Police trooper. The US Court of Appeals on Friday allowed Gregory to pursue false arrest charges against Lieutenant Phillip Burnett. Since February 2009, Lieutenant Burnett had stopped Gregory on three occasions under what the motorist considered to be bogus circumstances. The 53-year-old decided to install a video camera to document the harassment. The device was ready on April 4, 2009, when Gregory decided...
  • Investigations launched into multiple Taser use on helpless man

    08/25/2014 7:12:54 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 23 replies
    Rapid City Journal ^ | 8-19-2014 | Jim Stasiowski
    When an Oglala Sioux Tribal police officer used her Taser several times on a man lying helpless on the ground in Manderson on Friday afternoon, she was trying to get the man "to wake up and stand up," Ron Duke, chief of the OST Department of Public Safety, said Monday. The man, Duke said, was "lying on the ground, probably passed out, clearly intoxicated." The incident was caught on camera by a passerby who taped the officer repeatedly zapping the man who appears to never resist, defend himself or make any threatening moves. An expert in Tasers said using the...
  • Cop Hits Man in the Head 20 Times as Onlookers Plead 'Don't Punch Him No More'

    08/25/2014 6:40:07 PM PDT · by bamahead · 135 replies
    Reason ^ | August 25, 2014 | Robby Soave
    Once the cops have pinned a non-violent suspect to the ground, how many times are they allowed to punch him in the head? Is it fewer than 20? I would say so, but I'm not a Greenville County, South Carolina, deputy. Greenville officers approached a man at a Walmart parking lot on Saturday. The man appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and didn't respond to police questions or instructions. Eventually, the officers followed the man inside the store, where they attempted to detain him. The deputies claim the man resisted, though video footage of the incident...
  • Texas cops defend pulling over mother of four at gunpoint

    08/25/2014 6:37:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 141 replies
    Police in Texas have admitted they were wrong to draw their guns on a mother of four when they pulled over the family car early this month, but they won't apologize. Kametra Barbour was told to exit her vehicle and she was handcuffed at gunpoint as her children watched from the backseat, dashcam footage shows. The police only lowered their weapons after her six-year-old son got out of the car with his hands up, asking the officers, "Are we going to jail?" A child is heard crying and screaming on the footage, as an officer tells her, "Stop crying. It's...
  • Cass County deputy kills [unarmed] cow after it twice charges him

    08/25/2014 7:53:07 AM PDT · by GOP_Party_Animal · 33 replies
    Fargo Forum ^ | 8/25/14 | Emily Welker
    CASSELTON – A Cass County deputy responding to a motorist that had crashed into a cow off Interstate 94 Monday morning had to go to the hospital himself after the injured cow charged him at the scene. Cass County Sgt. Dean Haaland said the deputy was responding to the crash at about 3 a.m. at mile marker 332 west of Casselton when the cow, injured in the crash, charged him. The deputy was knocked to the ground and suffered some bruising, Haaland said. When he got up, the cow charged again, and the deputy fired upon the animal to keep...
  • Eyewitnesses recall the day when Brandon Ellington Drown in the Lake of the Ozarks

    08/24/2014 8:18:05 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 49 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 8-23-14 | Laura Bauer
    Seconds after a state trooper handcuffed and arrested Brandon Ellingson for boating while intoxicated, the officer grabbed a life jacket on his patrol boat. Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Piercy didn’t go for a Type I flotation device, with straps that wrap around the torso and allow for handcuffs. Instead, he pulled out a Type III life vest with arm holes — one that was impossible to secure on a man whose hands were already cuffed behind his back. In taped interviews conducted by Highway Patrol investigators and obtained by The Star, Ellingson’s friends said they watched from their boat...
  • Obama orders review of federal role in arming state and local police

    08/23/2014 2:51:54 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 23, 2014 | Fox News
    BREAKING NEWS: President Obama orders a review of federal programs and funding that allow state and local law-enforcement agencies to buy military equipment, a senior administration official confirms to Fox News. The review will include whether the programs are appropriate; whether such police agencies are getting the necessary training and guidance to use the equipment and whether the federal government is sufficiently auditing the use of the equipment obtained through federal programs and funding.
  • Former Leesburg cop found not guilty of sex assault

    08/23/2014 2:21:14 PM PDT · by christx30 · 39 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 23, 2014 | Jayna Omaye
    TAVARES — A former Leesburg police officer acquitted Friday of sexually assaulting a woman in his custody had a terse message for the 24-year-old and her family after the verdict: "Move on." People in the courtroom broke into tears when the jury of four women and two men found Henri Bart Larue, 27, not guilty of armed sexual battery by a law-enforcement officer — a crime that could have landed him in prison for life.
  • Officer charged in hot-car death of police dog

    08/23/2014 1:11:17 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 32 replies
    The Charlotte Observer. ^ | Aug. 22, 2014 | The Associated Press
    MILLS, Wyo. A Wyoming police officer has pleaded not guilty to an animal-cruelty charge that alleges a police dog died after he left it in a hot patrol car for several hours. According to an investigator's statement filed in Natrona County Circuit Court, Mills police officer Zachary Miller left the dog, a 10-year-old female black lab named Nyx, in his patrol car for over six hours July 9. "It's a tragedy," Mills Mayor Marrolyce Wilson said. The car was running, but the air conditioning was off and outside temperatures reached 86 degrees, KCWY News 13 reported (http://bit.ly/1tAzzhs). Miller, a four-year...
  • Connecticut trooper pleads guilty to stealing dying motorcycle crash victim’s jewelry, money

    08/22/2014 5:18:04 PM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 72 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014, 10:30 AM | Philip Caulfield
    State trooper AJ Huntsman was accused of lifting more than $8,000 in cash and jewelry from a dying man at a motorcycle crash site in 2012. He later lied to supervisors and the dead man's family about it, authorities said.A crooked Connecticut cop caught by his dash cam stealing more than $8,000 in cash and jewelry off a mangled motorcycle crash victim is facing prison after pleading guilty Wednesday. State trooper AJ Huntsman, 45, was facing 10 years for the theft, but was likely to get just 16 months in jail and five years' probation when he's sentenced on Oct....
  • Police: Oklahoma City officer arrested for allegedly assaulting women on the job, rape

    08/21/2014 9:00:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    KFOR, NBC 4, Oklahoma City ^ | August 21, 2014 10:12 PM | K. Querry and Adam Snider
    Authorities with the Oklahoma City Police Department confirmed that an officer is under investigation for lewd acts. Chief Bill Citty, with the Oklahoma City Police Department, called a news conference at 4 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. During the news conference, he announced that Officer Daniel Holtzclaw is under investigation for assaulting several women on the job. Citty says Holtzclaw would “require” women to expose themselves to him and perform lewd acts on him. …
  • South Florida Man Fights Back After Felony Arrest

    08/21/2014 7:35:44 PM PDT · by DariusBane · 26 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | 08/21/2014 | PhotographyIsNotACrime
    All Eric McDonough wanted was for Homestead Police officer Alejandro Murguido to obey the same traffic laws he enforced in their neighborhood. Instead, the 36-year-old scientist ended up in jail on charges of aggravated stalking and threatening a public servant because he confronted Murguido with his cellphone’s voice recorder outside the cop’s home two years ago. Since then, McDonough says Homestead Police Department brass have refused to investigate Murguido for falsely accusing him even though he has an audio recording that contradicts the cop’s version of events. McDonough tells his story in this video, so this is not the usual...
  • Georgia County Won't Pay Medical Bills for Toddler injured in drug raid (shortened)

    08/19/2014 3:11:59 PM PDT · by Little Ray · 23 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | Aug. 19, 2014 9:14 am | Ed Krayewski
    Politicians like Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) who have supported the militarization of police but have found it politically unfeasible to do so now have been looking for a way to square their support with a little bit of politically-motivated outrage. Clay, whose district includes Ferguson, the town that helped catapult the issue of police militarization into the national news cycle, defended his vote, saying he only disapproved of the use of such police forces for crowd control in his district. But while their presence at protests may be the most prominent manifestation of militarized police, the problem is endemic. Perhaps...
  • Police Officer: 'if you don’t want to get shot...just do what I tell you.'

    08/19/2014 11:37:57 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 101 replies
    Reason.com ^ | 08/19/2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    "If you don't want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground," warns Officer Sunil Dutta of the Los Angeles Police Department, "just do what I tell you." The thing is, Officer Dutta (pictured) is also an Adjunct Professor of Homeland Security and Criminal Justice at Colorado Technical University. And he uttered those words not in the heat of the moment, but in an opinion piece in the Washington Post responding to widespread criticism of police attitudes and tactics currently on display in Ferguson, Missouri, but increasingly common nationwide. Dutta continues: Don't argue with...
  • How Ferguson made conservatives lose faith in the police

    08/20/2014 12:01:34 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 39 replies
    As we watch the turmoil in Ferguson — where protests and police crackdowns raged for a week in the wake of a police shooting of an unarmed black teenager — many Americans have been forced to reassess their views on the duty and tactics of the police. But we conservatives — with our dueling affinity for law-and-order institutions like the police and our libertarian-inspired opposition to abuses of government power — are perhaps the most torn. Over at the Federalist, Hans Fiene notes, "For many conservatives, especially those of us living in nice, comfy suburbs, it's hard to apply the...
  • Pentagon has transferred $4.3 BILLION in equipment to American police forces

    08/19/2014 7:18:28 AM PDT · by vis a vis · 28 replies
    DailyMail ^ | Aug 18 2014 | David Martosko, U.s. Political Editor, MailOnline
    The U.S. Defense Department has been contributing to the militarization of local police forces since at least 2007, handing over heavy armaments, battle helicopters and armored vehicles for use in urban policing scenarios
  • Vanity: Florida cop tosses quadrapelgic on floor [Flashback: 2008]

    08/17/2014 6:53:55 PM PDT · by piytar · 43 replies
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  • Man Arrested After Beating Cops in Donut Eating Contest

    08/17/2014 9:17:09 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 10 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | 08/12/2014 | Cassandra Rules
    The stinging humiliation of defeat at the one thing we can all agree cops do well- scarfing down donuts, may have proved too much to bear for Elizabeth City Police Department in North Carolina. The next day, he was arrested after a possibly traumatized Lt. Robeson saw it reported in a local newspaper. “When I came in that morning and read that article I was pissed because it’s like throwing it in our face,” Hardison was wanted for allegedly attempting to break into 2 buildings, nothing was stolen in either attempt. It is unknown if Lt. Robeson has obtained a...
  • Wife Stabs Husband In The Neck, Police Arrive And Take All His Guns

    08/15/2014 2:47:16 PM PDT · by bamahead · 62 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | August 13, 2014 | Joe Trotter
    SADDLE BROOK, NJ –Robert Lintner, 65, did not have a good day. It all began when his wife stabbed him in the neck during an argument in the morning. Things took a turn for the worse when police, summoned to Mr. Litner’s home, discovered the man’s firearm and ammunition collection. Mr. Litner owned almost 200 guns in five vaults, had tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition in the home, and around 300 pounds of black powder. Because he did not consent to the search, cops used a jaws-of-life from the local fire department to open the safes, which are...
  • Steyn: Cigars, But Not Close [Ferguson]

    08/16/2014 7:01:18 AM PDT · by lwd · 75 replies
    Steynonline.com ^ | 8/15/2014 | Mark Steyn
    The "narrative" of Ferguson, Missouri changed somewhat today. But, amid the confusion, the blundering stupidity of the city's police department remains consistent. This morning the Police Chief, Thomas Jackson, released security-camera shots of the late Michael Brown apparently stealing a five-dollar box of cigarillos from a convenience store. So the 18-year old shot dead by Chief Jackson's officer was no longer a "gentle giant" en route to college but just another crappy third-rate violent teen n'er-do-well. {SNIP} It's important, when something goes wrong, to be clear about what it is that's at issue. Talking up Michael Brown as this season's...
  • Police: Virginia deputy shot daughter, crashed car

    08/15/2014 9:21:32 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 57 replies
    WTOP ^ | 8/15/2014 | WTOP
    <p>WINCHESTER, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia deputy sheriff shot his 16-year-old daughter after mistaking her for an intruder, then crashed his car as he rushed her to the hospital, authorities said.</p> <p>The teenager was in stable condition at a Winchester hospital, according to media reports.</p>
  • The Government In Ferguson Tried Respecting Civil Liberties, Guess What Happened?

    08/15/2014 2:08:15 PM PDT · by bamahead · 88 replies
    Liberty Viral ^ | August 15, 2014
    A stunning change happened overnight in Ferguson, Missouri after the government took a different approach to people’s civil liberties in the area. Gone were the SWAT trucks and snipers. Gone were the riot shields and militaristic outfits. Gone was the hostility. And guess what? Gone was the violence. Yesterday the Missouri Highway Patrol was given responsibility over the area. Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, who is a Ferguson native, marched in front of the crowd and set clear priorities for the marchers which respected their civil liberties. Governor Jay Nixon had vowed to take a different approach to the event,...
  • Rand Paul: We Must Demilitarize the Police

    08/14/2014 8:32:25 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 59 replies
    Time ^ | August 14, 2014 | Sen. Rand Paul
    Anyone who thinks race does not skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention, Sen. Rand Paul writes for TIME, amid violence in Ferguson, Mo. over the police shooting death of Michael Brown The shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is an awful tragedy that continues to send shockwaves through the community of Ferguson, Missouri and across the nation. If I had been told to get out of the street as a teenager, there would have been a distinct possibility that I might have smarted off. But, I wouldn’t have expected to be...
  • NAACP: Michael Brown Shooting 'Front and Center' at the United Nations

    08/13/2014 7:39:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | August 13, 2014 | Charlie Spiering
    U.S. civil rights advocates aired their concerns about the recent Michael Brown shooting to the United Nations in Geneva, according to a press call from the organizations on Wednesday. “This issue was front and center,” Hilary O. Shelton, director of the NAACP Washington Bureau, explained during the call. According to Shelton, Trayvon Martin’s mother Sabrina Fulton and Jordan Davis’s father Ron Davis told their stories about losing their teenage children in shootings in each of the pre-briefings of the process. “I think that everyone was outraged and horrified to hear that, yet again, it had happened in St. Louis, Missouri,”...
  • Looks That Kill (Ditch the stormtroopers, bring back the Peelers.)

    08/14/2014 3:41:05 PM PDT · by Valpal1 · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/14/14 | Kevin Williamson
    People in places such as Ferguson, Mo., often talk about the police as though they were an occupying force, and there is, in Ferguson and in many other places, a strong racial component. During my time in Philadelphia, the city had a black mayor, a black police commissioner, and a heavily black police force, and the city’s worst crime was concentrated in two black neighborhoods. Police innovations such as sending extra patrols to schools at dismissal time were criticized by community leaders who complained that the police were “targeting” black neighborhoods. Which, of course, they were: That’s where the crime...
  • Police Militarization Is a Problem the Left and Right Can Agree About — and Solve

    08/14/2014 2:41:49 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 79 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | August 14, 2014 | Benjamin Wallace-Wells
    The outrage over the shooting death of Michael Brown escalated in part because of a sense that nothing had changed, that police officers were still operating in minority communities with a wantonness and brutality that belonged to another era. But over the past two days — as the police in Ferguson have responded to very angry protests with an alarmingly heavy hand, looking and reacting as if they were not the community's own peace officers but an invading army — something remarkable has happened. The longstanding liberal concerns about police racial hostility has seemed to merge with the longstanding libertarian...
  • How Congress Helped Create Ferguson’s Militarized Police

    08/14/2014 11:04:46 AM PDT · by dragnet2 · 36 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 8/14/2014 | Emma Roller
    The Pentagon has given 400 armored vehicles, 500 aircraft, 93,000 machine guns to local police This is despite the fact that violent crime in the U.S. has steadily plummeted since 1993. Between 1993 and 2012, the violent-crime rate dropped by nearly
  • Hacktivist Group Anonymous Steps up Threats Against Coeur d'Alene PD [dog shooting]

    08/14/2014 10:44:51 AM PDT · by lonevoice · 36 replies
    Boise Weekly ^ | August 12, 2014 | Zach Hagadone
    Hacktivist Group Anonymous Steps up Threats Against Coeur d'Alene Police Department Over Fatal Dog Shooting The Internet activist group Anonymous is stepping up its threats against the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, demanding a full investigation of the shooting of a 2-year-old black Lab named Arfee by an officer. In a video released Aug. 9, Anonymous accused the department of not adequately investigating the shooting, which took place in the parking lot of a coffee shop July 9. According to reports, the officer fired on the dog after he allegedly lunged from the window of a parked vehicle. "To the Coeur...
  • Police to citizens: Be careful what you tweet

    08/14/2014 8:18:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    ap ^ | DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP
    SEATTLE (AP) — Police in Washington state are asking the public to stop tweeting during shootings and manhunts to avoid accidentally telling the bad guys what officers are doing. ... "All members of the public may not understand the implications of tweeting out a picture of SWAT team activity," said Nancy Korb, who oversees the Alexandria, Virginia, organization's Center for Social Media. "It's a real safety issue, not only for officers but anyone in the vicinity," Korb said. Korb said she is not aware of any social media post that has led to the injury of a police officer, but...
  • In Ferguson, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery gives account of his arrest

    08/13/2014 9:10:13 PM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 13 | Wesley Lowery
    For the past week in Ferguson, reporters have been using the McDonald’s a few blocks from the scene of Michael Brown’s shooting as a staging area. Demonstrations have blown up each night nearby. But inside there’s WiFi and outlets, so it’s common for reporters to gather there. snip As I made my way toward the door, the officers gave me conflicting information. One instructed me to exit to my left. As I turned left, another officer emerged, blocking my path. Go another way,” he said. As I turned, my backpack, which was slung over one shoulder, began to slip. I...
  • Miami-Dade Police Sergeant Charged With Plying Boy With Drugs, Groping Him

    08/14/2014 6:16:36 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 11 replies
    New Times ^ | 8/14/14 | Kyle Munzenrieder
    James H. Edwards III, a Miami-Dade Police sergeant and 27-year veteran of the force, now finds himself behind bars. Edwards allegedly provided a 15-year-old boy with booze and drugs, groped the boy, and then masturbated in front of him. He now faces charges of lewd and lascivious conduct and exhibition.