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  • Clovis police officer under investigation for excessive force accusation

    09/19/2014 10:42:01 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 7 replies
    News Channel 10, Amarillo, TX ^ | September 18, 2014 | None listed
    Amarillo, TX - An incident involving a Clovis (NM) police officer accused of using excessive force is receiving a lot of attention. A video recently released shows what happen during the traffic stop. The officer in question is Brent Aguilar. He placed Jorge Corona under arrest during a traffic stop for concealing ID. According to a local attorney, that was just the first mistake. Dan Lindsey says the second mistake was slamming Jorge Corona to the ground when he was not resisting or evading an officer. "Jorge was falsely accused of concealing his ID, falsely arrested, falsely slammed to the...
  • Austin Police Officer Tries To Paint Police Accountability...

    09/18/2014 6:29:54 AM PDT · by Paine in the Neck · 5 replies
    TechDirt ^ | 9/17/2104 | Tim Cushing
    ... As 'Domestic Extremists' In FOIA'ed Emails An activist is a terrorist, at least according to Senior Police Officer Justin Berry of the Austin Police Dept. While the terms aren't mutually exclusive, a person can be one without being the other. In Berry's mind, they're both, and he feeds off the FBI's paranoia to reach his conclusion.
  • Federal Appeals Court Rebukes Florida Cops for Using SWAT-Style Raids to Check Barbers' Licenses

    09/18/2014 6:11:42 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 52 replies
    Reason.com ^ | September 17, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    Today a federal appeals court rebuked police in Orange County, Florida, for mounting a warrantless, SWAT-style raid on a barbership under the pretense of assisting state inspectors. "We have twice held, on facts disturbingly similar to those presented here, that a criminal raid executed under the guise of an administrative inspection is constitutionally unreasonable," says the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit. "We hope that the third time will be the charm." On August 19, 2010, two inspectors from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) visited the Strictly Skillz Barbershop in Orlando...
  • ACLU Sues Police for Using Force to Stop Photos of Arrest (fifth such lawsuit)

    09/17/2014 6:29:12 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 17 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 09/15/2014 | BY JOEL MATHIS
    It’s been almost three years now since Commissioner Charles Ramsey issued a directive to Philly Police, letting them know that it’s entirely legal for the public to record officers doing their work and making arrests — as long as the photographer doesn’t interfere with that police work. It seems his officers still haven’t gotten the message. The ACLU today announced another lawsuit — the fifth in a series — against the department on behalf of a woman who was physically restrained from recording officers arresting a protestor.
  • Valley Police Dept Says Nothing About Rumors Of Hidden Cams Aimed At Women

    09/16/2014 3:53:06 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 3 replies
    KMJ.580 ^ | September 15, 2014 | Unknown
    Rumors are rampant about male public safety employees in Ceres placing hidden cameras aimed at women, and the city isn't saying much about it. The stories about cameras placed under a woman's desk and in changing areas at the Ceres Police Department came to the attention of the Stanislaus chapter of the NAACP. President Frank Johnson says they got so many calls they thought it was a prank, and he says if it's not true, they'll apologize - but if it is true, the organization will take action against it. The city attorney would only say action is being taken...
  • 'Extremely dangerous' survivalist named suspect in Pennsylvania state trooper ambush

    09/16/2014 1:12:50 PM PDT · by lightman · 217 replies
    Fox news ^ | 16 September AD 2014 | Staff
    The suspect in the killing of a trooper and the critical wounding of another outside a rural barracks is a survivalist... Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pa., is still armed with the .308-caliber rifle that he used to open fire on the barracks late Friday, State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said at a news conference where he revealed the suspect's name. Noonan called Frein "extremely dangerous." "
  • Actress Daniele Watts handcuffed for failing to show ID to police

    09/14/2014 3:34:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 180 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    At first glance, this story doesn’t look like the sort of thing which would normally catch our attention, but it really does tie in to broader issues currently under discussion nationally in terms of race relations and how the police interact with those they serve and protect. Out on the left coast, quite close to the liberal Ground Zero of Hollywood, actress Daniele Watts ran into some trouble this week. (You may remember Watts from her appearance in Django Unchained among other roles.) As Reason tells the tale, she was outdoors, hanging out with her husband and talking on the...
  • Django Unchained actress and her white husband hit out at 'racist' cops who handcuffed her

    09/14/2014 2:51:14 AM PDT · by Fenhalls555 · 120 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 14 September 2014 | Jill Reilly
    A Django Unchained actress is claiming she was 'handcuffed and detained' by police after being mistaken for a prostitute as she kissed her white husband. Daniele Watts, who played slave CoCo in the award-winning film, posted the news on her Facebook page on 2 September and said her arm was cut when she was handcuffed. Watts and her husband Brian James Lucas claim that they were kissing on a Hollywood street when police were called and they were asked to show their ID card to which Watts refused.
  • Family's outrage at cops who violently arrested a father of two for 'appearing intoxicated while tak

    FULL TITLE: Family's outrage at cops who violently arrested a father of two for 'appearing intoxicated while taking care of his kids'... but actually has a TERMINAL ILLNESS that makes him look that way Police officers in West Virginia brutally arrested a 39-year-old father of two who they say appeared intoxicated and was handling his kids roughly while walking them to the park. But his outraged family denies that 39-year-old Jeffrey Bane was under the influence on Sept. 6, when he was left choking in his own blood and pleading for help while he was pinned to the ground by...
  • UPDATE: One Trooper Killed In Shooting At State Police Barracks

    09/13/2014 12:55:14 AM PDT · by Tamzee · 155 replies
    WNEP ^ | 9/13/14 | Amanda Kelley
    <p>BLOOMING GROVE TOWNSHIP — State police have confirmed there has been a shooting at the Pennsylvania State Police Blooming Grove barracks in Pike County. There is no one in custody at this time. Newswatch 16 has a crew on the scene and we will have more information as it becomes available.</p>
  • When Politics Drives Law Enforcement

    09/12/2014 5:09:39 PM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 14 replies
    NRO ^ | Sept 12/2014 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    One of the biggest threats to a civilized, free society occurs when prosecutors abuse their power and allow politics to drive their administration of the criminal-justice system. Two recent examples show how liberal, partisan prosecutors misused their authority and politicized justice.
  • DHS will ask stores to watch customers’ buying habits for terrorist clues

    09/10/2014 2:56:33 PM PDT · by upchuck · 85 replies
    Wash Times ^ | Sept 10, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said his department will be issuing new guidance to retailers this week giving them pointers on how to spot potential terrorists among their customers by looking at what they’re buying. While saying the government cannot prohibit sales of some everyday materials, Mr. Johnson said retailers should be trained to look for anyone who buys a lot from what he described as a “long list of materials that could be used as explosive precursors.” He said it was an extension of the “If you see something, say something” campaign launched by his predecessor, former Secretary Janet...
  • Fashion hub raids target cartel money laundering

    09/11/2014 5:25:25 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 7 replies
    Merced Sun -Star ^ | September 10, 2014 | AMY TAXIN/Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES — Federal authorities arrested nine people and seized about $90 million Wednesday in raids in the fashion district of Los Angeles, marking an unprecedented crackdown on Mexican cartels' increasing reliance on international trade to launder money from drug sales in the United States. About 1,000 law enforcement officers fanned out across the city's downtown to search dozens of businesses suspected of taking bulk cash funneled by drug cartels for clothing exported to Mexico. The raids came after three separate federal indictments in the biggest investigation to date into trade-based drug money laundering, said Thom Mrozek, a spokesman for...
  • Resistance is Futile: The Violent Cost of Challenging the American Police State

    09/10/2014 2:40:49 PM PDT · by drypowder · 71 replies
    The Ruthaford Institute ^ | Sept. 9, 2014 | John W. Whitehead
    “Police are specialists in violence. They are armed, trained, and authorized to use force. With varying degrees of subtlety, this colors their every action. Like the possibility of arrest, the threat of violence is implicit in every police encounter. Violence, as well as the law, is what they represent.”—Kristian Williams, activist and author If you don’t want to get probed, poked, pinched, tasered, tackled, searched, seized, stripped, manhandled, arrested, shot, or killed, don’t say, do or even suggest anything that even hints of noncompliance. This is the new “thin blue line” over which you must not cross in interactions with...
  • Shooting by SJPD officer: Police tried to seize my phone, says man who recorded scene

    09/07/2014 2:36:36 PM PDT · by She_is_my_ hero · 50 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Sept. 4, 2014 | Robert Salonga
    SAN JOSE -- A San Jose resident who was one of several people recording the aftermath of an officer-involved shooting in South San Jose last month is alleging he was intimidated and threatened with detainment for refusing to surrender his cellphone or delete the images he took. The allegations are contained in an Aug. 21 internal-affairs complaint filed by Andrew Payne and comes as the issue of recording police performing their duties in public has gained national attention in light of the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri...
  • Corruption case casts shadow over Hidalgo County (South Texas Border Country)race

    09/07/2014 8:34:28 AM PDT · by harpu · 4 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | 09/04/14 | Julian Aguilar
    McALLEN — Hidalgo County voters will elect a new top lawman this November, replacing a former sheriff who was sentenced to five years in prison following a public corruption scandal. Guadalupe “Lupe” Treviño, a Democrat, was convicted in July on a federal conspiracy charge after he admitted taking cash from a drug trafficker, but his party's leaders are confident the seat won't go to Al Perez, a Republican candidate with three decades of law enforcement experience. Analysts say that's because candidates with anything but a "D" by their names are few and far between in the Lower Rio Grande Valley...
  • Stop and Sieze: Aggressive police take hundreds of millions of dollars

    09/07/2014 9:29:08 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/6/14 | Michael Sallah
    The practice has been controversial since its inception at the height of the drug war more than three decades ago, and its abuses have been the subject of journalistic exposés and congressional hearings. But unexplored until now is the role of the federal government and the private police trainers in encouraging officers to target cash on the nation’s highways since 9/11.
  • California man whose dog was killed by cops faces up to five years in prison

    09/06/2014 9:54:58 PM PDT · by SirPeredur · 50 replies
    Russia Today ^ | Published time: August 14, 2013 15:59
    The California owner of a Rottweiler that was fatally shot by police has been charged with multiple felony counts on Tuesday, including one charge of intimidating a witness. He is currently being held on $310,000 bail and faces up to five years in prison if convicted of the six felony counts and one misdemeanor he is charged with. Leon Cordell Rosby, a 52-year-old man from Hawthorne, Calif., was walking his dog “Max” while watching a police response to a robbery on June 30. The California man had loud music playing from his car and was videotaping the showdown with his...
  • Oklahoma City cop charged with sexually assaulting eight women is released on bond

    09/07/2014 3:38:34 AM PDT · by castlegreyskull · 27 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/7/14 | Nina Golgowski
    Daniel Holtzclaw's release Friday comes two days after his bond was reduced from $5 million to $500,000 and a prosecutor labeled him a danger to the community. The 27-year-old is accused of using his badge to fondle women or force them to perform sex acts while he was on patrol over a four-month period. An Oklahoma City police officer accused of using his badge to sexually assault at least eight women in a four-month period is free on $500,000 bond. Daniel Holtzclaw's release Friday comes two days after the 27-year-old's bond was reduced from $5 million and a prosecutor labeled...
  • Parents of Mentally Challenged 19 yr old Fatally Shot by San Jose Police Demand Full Investigation

    09/06/2014 11:36:24 PM PDT · by She_is_my_ hero · 55 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Aug. 26, 2014 | Robert Handa
    The parents of a San Jose woman killed by police after she allegedly threatened to kill her family are demanding answers and a full investigation by the district attorney's office. Diana Showman, 19, was fatally shot by an officer outsider her home after coming out holding a black power drill. Police were responding to reports of a woman holding an "uzi-type weapon" in the Blossom Hill Road neighborhood. (VIDEO)
  • Deputies pull man from car at gunpoint after GPS mixup

    09/05/2014 5:31:24 PM PDT · by rey · 37 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | September 5, 2014 | JULIE JOHNSON
    A misstep by a company that tracks stolen vehicles using GPS sent authorities chasing after the wrong truck Friday, causing a multi-county pursuit that briefly stopped traffic on Highway 101 in Santa Rosa where deputies held an innocent man at gunpoint, CHP officials said. GuidePoint, a stolen vehicle recovery system firm headquartered in Michigan, apparently installed GPS tracking devices on a fleet of company vehicles and alerted authorities Friday afternoon that a gray Dodge Ram 3500 had been stolen, Officer Marcus Hawkins said. The company activated GPS to track the gray Dodge, but because of an unknown mix-up, they instead...
  • Minnesota police chief apologizes after decapitating a five-year-old boy's pet chicken

    09/03/2014 6:48:36 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 64 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9-3-14 | Pete D'amato
    Atwater Police Chief Trevor Berger 'dispatched' the chicken on August 16 after a neighbor complained of a 'chicken on the loose' The bird, named Carson Petey, belonged to five-year-old Phoenix Turnbull Phoenix's mother Ashley Turnbull had been asked to remove three hens and two ducks she had given her son as a birthday gift, but was not home when Berger killed the hen
  • Cyclist died after 'he was hit by police car which then reversed over

    09/04/2014 5:32:47 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4 September 2014 | JAMES NYE FOR MAILONLINE
    A cyclist has died after a police car struck him and backed-up over him say witnesses - before an officer exited the vehicle and placed him under arrest while he was 'spitting blood'. According to those who saw the incident on Wednesday afternoon in Quebec City, Guy Blouin, 48, was intercepted by the police cruiser going the wrong way up a one way street. The car allegedly hit Blouin, knocking him under the car and Quebec City police department issued a statement on Thursday morning to say they are fully cooperating with the investigation.'They ran over the guy, the guy...
  • Orlando police shopping for new $230,000 armored vehicle (At least their fifth one)

    09/04/2014 3:43:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 5, 2014 | Mark Schlueb
    <p>While some law enforcement agencies are snatching up free military surplus vehicles, Orlando police plan to spend $230,000 for a new armored personnel carrier for the department's SWAT unit.</p> <p>It's not the Orlando Police Department's first armored vehicle — it already has three. But the new one will replace an 8-year-old model, and the city's original one is an older piece of military surplus that hasn't been used in years.</p>
  • Springs cop charged with stealing from police union

    09/04/2014 3:18:26 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | September 4, 2014 | Lisa J. Huriash
    A Coral Springs police officer turned himself in at the Broward Main Jail early Thursday on charges of pilfering more than $1,500 from a police union and spending it at the supermarket, home improvement store and several restaurants. Doug Williams, former president of the city's police union, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 87, was charged with a grand theft, a third-degree felony. Williams, 56, began his career in Coral Springs in 1981 as an investigator, retired in September 2009 to collect his pension and was re-hired the same day as a part-time police officer. He has been suspended from...
  • Black Oakland Firefighter Says White Cop Detained Him, Kids

    09/04/2014 10:54:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wednesday, Sep 3, 2014
    • Updated at 6:51 PM PDT An Oakland firefighter, who is black, says an Oakland police officer, who is white, held him and his two sons at his own fire station, believing they were burglars. Keith Jones told reporters that he and his sons Trevon, 9, and Keith II, 12, had left a Raiders game at O.co Coliseum and were returning to their car, parked at the East Oakland fire station where Jones works. Jones was "securing the station" after fire crews responding to an emergency had left a door open when a visitor arrived at about 10:45 p.m.: a...
  • St. Paul man arrested in skyway was in public area, city prosecutor says

    09/04/2014 4:45:45 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 9-3-14 | Mara H. Gottfried
    Chris Lollie was in a public area of the St. Paul skyway when a security guard told police he was in a private area, the city attorney said Wednesday. A guard said the 28-year-old man was sitting "for some time" in a skyway-level lounge area designated for building employees, a police report said, and officers were responding to that information when they arrived, St. Paul City Attorney Sara Grewing said. The guard's report led to the Jan. 31 encounter with police that has drawn national attention and criticism. Whether the downtown area where Lollie was sitting was public or private...
  • Schizophrenic man armed only with pellet gun 'had no face after being shot 80 times' by Texas cops

    09/03/2014 10:11:12 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 100 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 3, 2014 | MailOnline Reporter
    A man killed by police officers in Texas on Saturday was armed only with a pellet gun and was shot more than 80 times, leaving him with 'no face', family members said. The Laredo Police Department said it placed six officers who allegedly opened fire on Jose Walter Garza on administrative duties pending an internal investigation, media reported. The incident, much of which was recorded on a surveillance camera, took place outside a truck stop on Saturday at around 2 am.
  • Minivan Cop Shooting Mom 'Thought About Trayvon Martin' When Officers Fired

    09/03/2014 12:46:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    ABC News' Good Morning America ^ | September 3, 2014 | Deborah Roberts, Lisa Silvertsen and Roger Lee
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Oriana Farrell was terrified. The single mother of five recalled an October 2013 traffic stop, when officers wrestled her out of her minivan along a New Mexico highway, and then shot at the vehicle as she tried to flee with her children inside. Video from a police dashboard camera captured the seemingly-routine traffic stop devolving into a tense incident. “I started thinking about children who have been shot, families who have been shot,” she said in her first television interview that appeared today on “Good Morning America.” “I started thinking about Trayvon Martin.” The ordeal began when a police officer...
  • the nuclear option: when officer safety is job no. 1, citizens die

    08/31/2014 9:32:59 PM PDT · by Rabin · 71 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Aug 2014, | CHARLES HURT
    St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, officer safety is the number one issue, after two of his officers fired nine rounds into a shoplifter. Is a police officer's number one job really to protect himself and his partner? Really?
  • In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist

    09/02/2014 8:35:52 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 27 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 · 113 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 · 86 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...