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  • In Fairfax, Va., a different, no-less-scary police shooting

    02/27/2015 7:11:32 AM PST · by heartwood · 23 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.
  • Officer-Involved shooting kills man in Pasco

    02/11/2015 10:30:12 AM PST · by Ronald_Magnus · 14 replies
    KEPRTV.com and KIMATV.com Staff ^ | Feb 10, 2015 at 8:10 PM PST | KEPRTV.com
    At about 5:10 pm Pasco Police arrived in the area of 10th and Lewis in response to a complaint of a disturbance where a male was throwing rocks at cars. As officers made contact with the male suspect a confrontation started. Two officers were assaulted by the suspect and a Tazer was used but not successfully. The suspect continued to not comply with the officers and at one point threatened them, forcing the officers to fire their handgun. The male died at the scene.
  • Video shows Alabama police throwing grandfather from India to ground

    02/12/2015 6:09:22 PM PST · by cold start · 55 replies
    AL.com ^ | 12th Feb 2015
    Madison police today released video of officers throwing a 57-year-old Indian citizen on the sidewalk outside his son's home. The incident left the grandfather temporarily paralyzed and hospitalized with fused vertebrae. Chirag Patel said his father, Sureshbhai Patel, was visiting to help his wife care for their new baby, a 17-month-old son, so he could pursue his masters degree in electrical engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Madison police officer Eric Parker today turned himself in to face assault charges. Chief Larry Muncey told a small press conference in Madison that he also recommended that Parker be fired...
  • Alabama police fire, arrest the officer who badly injured Indian grandfather during sidewalk stop

    02/12/2015 3:53:43 PM PST · by wgmalabama · 59 replies
    Madison police officer Eric Parker today turned himself in to face assault charges, following the severe injuries to an Indian citizen who was walking down the street outside his son's new home. Chief Larry Muncey told a small press conference in Madison that he also recommended that Parker be fired for his use of force against a man who committed no crime, did not speak English and could not understand the commands.
  • Cops make 'sinister associations' when dealing with black men, warns FBI director in landmark speech

    02/12/2015 11:14:04 AM PST · by rickmichaels · 51 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | February 12, 2015 | CLAIRE CARTER, DANIEL BATES
    Police can make 'sinister associations' when dealing with black men and American police are facing a 'crossroads' in race relations, the director of the FBI has warned. James Comey made an unprecedented speech about policing and race issues at Georgetown University today - becoming the first director of the FBI to speak at length about the issue. Mr. Comey made the speech, called ‘Hard Truths: Law Enforcement and Race’, at a time when racial tensions with police in America are high, following the police shootings of Michael Brown in Ferguson in August and Eric Garner in New York. Mr. Comey...
  • IRS Seizes First, Asks Questions Later

    02/12/2015 10:54:07 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 20 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | February 10, 2015 | LARRY SALZMAN and ROBERT EVERETT JOHNSON
    When Carole Hinders answered a knock at the front door of her home in August 2013, she was confronted by two IRS agents. They told her they had just cleaned out the entire bank account of the restaurant, Mrs. Lady’s Mexican Food, that Hinders had owned and operated in tiny Spirit Lake, Iowa, for the past 30 years. The IRS seized more than $32,000. (snip) The aggressive tactics adopted by law enforcement in structuring cases are, perhaps, unsurprising given that the proceeds of forfeited property are funneled back to the very agencies responsible for the forfeiture — an arrangement that...
  • No-knock police raid ends in blazing tragedy

    02/11/2015 3:00:30 AM PST · by maddog55 · 70 replies
    WND ^ | 02/11/2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Gun owners and self-defense advocates are lauding a rare victory in which a Texas grand jury has refused to indict a homeowner for shooting and killing a police officer who entered his home unannounced in the middle of the night. The homeowner, Henry Magee, 28, said he thought the officers who broke through his door were robbers and he acted in self-defense to protect his pregnant girlfriend and two children. Police were acting on a tip from a criminal informant that led them to believe Magee had more than a dozen marijuana plants, all at least six feet tall, in...
  • Ex Tweed cop sentenced to 20 months jail over ‘Glock fondling’ case

    02/09/2015 4:38:36 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 23 replies
    Echo.net ^ | 2-6-2015 | unattributed
    A former Tweed detective who let a woman use his pistol as a sex toy at Kingscliff police station has been sentenced to 20 months’ jail by a Sydney court. Mark Anthony Garner, 50, had pleaded guilty to two counts of misconduct in office on Thursday. and was sentenced by Sydney District Court Judge Ross Letherbarrow to the 20 months in jail. Judge Letherbarrow referred him for assessment for serving the sentence in the community. The court is expected to make a final decision on March 20. Garner met the woman, who can’t be named, when she went to Kingscliff...
  • Drew Peterson charged with trying to hire hitman to kill prosecutor

    02/09/2015 12:48:23 PM PST · by ColdOne · 28 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/9/15 | foxnews
    The charges allege that between September 2013 and December 2014, Peterson plotted to hire a hit man to kill Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow, the prosecutor who led the 2012 trial that resulted in Peterson being convicted of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson, who is currently incarcerated at the Menard Correctional Center, made an initial appearance on the charges Monday at the Randolph County Courthouse. A preliminary hearing is set for March 3 at 10 a.m. SNIP The charges allege that between September 2013 and December 2014, Peterson solicited an unnamed individual to carry out a murder-for-hire...
  • Officer responding to domestic disturbance call kills off-duty deputy

    02/09/2015 10:00:22 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 39 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 02/09/2015
    A police officer responding to a domestic disturbance at a North Texas home has shot and killed an off-duty sheriff's deputy living there. Nocona police Chief Kent Holcomb said the officer responded to the home Monday shortly after midnight. ~snip~ Cunningham said 41-year-old deputy Larry Hostetter died at a hospital about an hour after the shooting. He had been a law enforcement officer since 2000 and was a married father of three children.
  • Officer kills 74-year-old man after family called cops to check on him at his home

    02/08/2015 6:51:22 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 188 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | February 8, 2015 | Anneta Konstantinides
    A North Carolina officer shot dead a 74-year-old man whose concerned family had called the police and asked to check on him. Officer Josh Lefevers arrived at the home of James Allen just before midnight on Sunday morning and announced he was entering the residence when Allen approached him with a handgun and refused to put it down, police said. Lefevers then shot and killed him.
  • How Many Times Did You Deploy SWAT Team to Make Arrests? Fairfax Police: File a FOIA

    02/05/2015 8:33:28 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 28 replies
    CNS News ^ | 01/04/2015 | Brittany M. Hughes
    CNSNews.com asked the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia how many times Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams had been dispatched to make arrests in 2014, after it was reported that a SWAT team was deployed to bust up a high stakes poker game in a residential neighborhood last year. The department responded by saying a Freedom of Information Act request needed to be filed. Even then, there is no guarantee the information will be released. In November, the Fairfax County Police Department deployed a SWAT team, armed with semi-automatic rifles and wearing ski masks, to break up a poker...
  • Cop pulls gun on teens having a snowball fight

    02/01/2015 5:15:54 PM PST · by conservative98 · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 1, 2015 | Bruce Golding
    A video posted online reportedly shows a Westchester cop pointing his gun at two males who were having a snowball fight last week.
  • Video shows Seattle cop arresting elderly black man using golf club as cane

    01/30/2015 8:47:07 AM PST · by redreno · 100 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | January 29 at 7:53 PM | By Elahe Izadi
    William Wingate had been standing on a busy Seattle street corner in July, leaning on a golf club he uses as a cane, when a police cruiser pulled up and the officer inside yelled at Wingate to “put that down.” The resulting exchange — in which the officer claims that Wingate swung the club at her after she asked him to “shut it down” before she arrested him – was captured on the cruiser’s dashboard camera, the footage of which Seattle Police released this week as it apologized for the 2014 incident. The response to that video prompted Seattle Police...
  • Seattle cop pepper sprays teacher walking home from MLK Day rally

    01/30/2015 9:16:46 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 70 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Meg Wagner
    A Seattle history teacher who was pepper sprayed during a peaceful Martin Luther King Day Jr. rally is suing the cops who allegedly attacked him. Newly released video showed a Seattle police officer pepper spraying Jesse Hagopian as he walked home from the Jan. 19 rally, his lawyer said. Hagopian, who teaches history at Seattle's Garfield High School, spoke at the event and was on the phone with his mom when the spray hit his eyes. He was on his way to his 2-year-old son's birthday party, he said.
  • Parents' house seized after son's drug bust

    09/15/2014 8:48:59 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 84 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 9/8/14 | cnn
    Parents' House Seized Over Son's $40 In Drugs The rare moments Christos Sourovelis can take a break from running his own painting business, he can be found toiling away on his family's dream house in the suburbs of Philadelphia. "I'm a working guy. I work every day, six days a week, even seven if I have to," Sourovelis says. One day this past March, without warning, the government took his house away, even though he and his wife, Markella, have never been charged with a crime or accused of any wrongdoing...
  • Why Police Want Google’s Waze Popular Cop-Tracking Feature Disabled

    01/26/2015 6:17:03 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 58 replies
    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck complained in a letter to Google’s chief executive on Dec. 30 that Waze could be “misused by those with criminal intent to endanger police officers and the community.” The Los Angeles Police Department said Monday it had not heard back from Google about whether it had addressed Beck’s concerns. Google purchased Waze for $966 million in 2013. There are no known connections between any attack on police and Waze, although Beck said Waze was used in the killing of two New York Police Department officers on Dec. 20. The Instagram account of the gunman...
  • Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app

    01/28/2015 4:49:01 PM PST · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 17 replies
    AP ^ | Jan. 28, 2015 4:47 PM EST | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sheriffs said Wednesday that Google's popular Waze traffic app is making it harder to nab speeders, adding to earlier police complaints that a feature in the software that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity is putting officers' lives at risk. he National Sheriffs' Association had previously focused its campaign against Waze on police safety after the fatal shootings of two New York police officers in December. It broadened its campaign with a new statement criticizing Google's software as hampering the use of speed traps. The trade association said radar guns and other speed enforcement techniques...
  • Longview police release video of officer-involved shooting

    01/28/2015 2:31:40 PM PST · by kiryandil · 232 replies
    KLTV-ABC ^ | January 28, 2015 | Ashley Slayton
    Longview police have released a video of an officer-involved shooting in which a teenager was killed. Longview Police Department Chief Don Dingler addressed the incident during a conference Wednesday before the department aired the video.
  • Cops Shot And Killed 17-Year-Old Girl At Texas Police Station

    01/26/2015 9:36:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 311 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | January 26, 2015 | Caitlin MacNeal
    The Longview Police Department placed three officers on leave after a 17-year-old girl was shot and killed in the lobby of the station last week, the Marshall News Messenger reported. According to officials, Kristiana Coignard entered the Texas police station on Thursday evening brandishing a weapon. Police spokeswoman Kristie Brian said Coignard used a phone in the lobby to call police dispatch and asked to see an officer. When officers arrived in the lobby, she "came at the officers" with a weapon, according to Brian. Police did not confirm what type of weapon Coignard had, but Longview Mayor Jay Dean...
  • Muskogee police release video footage of officer shooting armed man outside wedding

    01/23/2015 7:47:37 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 60 replies
    Tulsa World ^ | 1/23/2015 | DYLAN GOFORTH
    Muskogee police on Friday released video of a fatal police shooting captured by an officer's body camera. Officer Chansey McMillin shot and killed 21-year-old Terence D. Walker on Jan. 17 after Walker allegedly ran from police who confronted him outside the Old Agency Baptist Church.
  • Muskogee Police Release Video, Still Images Of Officer Shooting, Killing Suspect

    01/23/2015 11:48:10 AM PST · by OKSooner · 36 replies
    KOTV Channel 6 Tulsa ^ | 1-23-2015 | Richard Clark
    MUSKOGEE, Oklahoma - Editor's note: The Muskogee Police Department released more than 10 minutes of video of the incident. News On 6 has chosen not to air or post the portion of the video showing the man being killed, out of respect for his family. The Muskogee Police Department released video recorded by an officer's camera showing him shooting and killing a man he was trying to arrest. The shooting happened on Saturday, January 17, 2015. Officer Chansey McMillin shot and killed 21-year-old Terrence Walker. Police had been called to a wedding at a church to investigate a report of...
  • Video shows cop fatally shoot man with raised hands

    01/22/2015 5:25:48 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 30 replies
    Ny Post ^ | 1/21/15 | AP
    Video shows cop fatally shoot man with raised hands BRIDGETON, N.J. — Another police killing is stirring anger in another town, this time in New Jersey, where a tense traffic stop captured on video ended with a passenger shot to death as he stepped out of a car with his hands raised at shoulder height. The newly released footage from a police dashboard camera shows Bridgeton officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley in a Dec. 30 stop that escalates quickly after Days warns his partner about seeing a gun in the glove compartment of the Jaguar. Days screams over and...
  • Video shows cop fatally shoot man with raised hands [NJ]

    01/21/2015 4:24:08 PM PST · by Colofornian · 154 replies
    AP/NYPost.com ^ | Jan. 21, 2015
    BRIDGETON, N.J. — Another police killing is stirring anger in another town, this time in New Jersey, where a tense traffic stop captured on video ended with a passenger shot to death as he stepped out of a car with his hands raised at shoulder height. The newly released footage from a police dashboard camera shows Bridgeton officers Braheme Days and Roger Worley in a Dec. 30 stop that escalates quickly after Days warns his partner about seeing a gun in the glove compartment of the Jaguar... [SNIP] Reid, 36, had spent about 13 years in prison for shooting at...
  • Broward sheriff's deputies investigated for off-duty gunfire

    01/22/2015 1:38:14 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 11 replies
    Sun Sentinal ^ | 1-16-15 | Linda Trischitta
    Two Broward County Sheriff's deputies are being investigated after a firearm was discharged at an intersection near West Palm Beach, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said Friday. No one was struck by the gunfire that happened Jan. 5 at 3:37 a.m at Haverhill Road North and Okeechobee Boulevard, Palm Beach County Sheriff's spokeswoman Teri Barbera said. The deputies were off duty that morning, Broward Sheriff's spokeswoman Veda Coleman-Wright said. Deputy Norman Stepelton, 26, was hired in November 2013. He is suspended with pay. Deputy Christopher Mattingly, 24, joined BSO in November 2012 and is on restricted assignment. Both worked...
  • Police union to state lawmakers: Don't mess with no-knock warrants(GA)

    01/22/2015 10:15:22 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 51 replies
    WTOC.COM ^ | 1/21/2015 | Bernard Watson
    ATLANTA-Carrie Mills is a retired Atlanta Police officer with 30 years on the job - primarily in APD's drug unit. Mills is now a union rep for the International Brotherhood of Police Officers. She considers herself an expert on search warrants, particularly no knock warrants, which allows officers to enter a structure without knocking first. Mills says no-knock warrants helped close a lot of cases while she was an officer. "If we knock and announced, all evidence is going to be destroyed," Mills said. State Sen. Vincent Fort, (D-39), has announced plans to introduce a bill that would make it...
  • Former St. Louis police officer reunited with baby he rescued in 1963

    01/22/2015 9:49:35 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    semissourian.com ^ | January 19, 2015 | NANCY CAMBRIA
    ST. LOUIS -- Toni DiPina has been trying to solve the mystery of her unknown family since she was abandoned as a baby. The reality is DiPina, at 51, still has no clue where she came from. She does not know why one or both of her parents abandoned her at 9 months on May 26, 1963, on a vacant lot in St. Louis. No one has ever come forward. Not then and not in 2008 when the Post-Dispatch first wrote extensively about her. For decades, the only details she had from a day she was too young to remember...
  • UPDATE: Shawn Williams Resigns From Charleston (W.Va) Police Department

    01/21/2015 3:59:49 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    WSAZ.COM ^ | Jan 21, 2015 | staff
    HARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A police lieutenant, accused of making racially-charged videos on his own personal computer, has now resigned from the Charleston Police Department. Lt. Shawn Williams filed a letter of resignation on Tuesday, making his resignation from the department effective at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday. Williams had been on administrative leave since September, when racially charged videos from his personal computer were handed over to the police department. In November, Williams told WSAZ that he took video of his 8-year-old daughter in a costume hat and his father's old police belt, dancing to a song that referenced the Ku...
  • Cop Who Shot Off His Own Finger Points the Finger at Gun Shop

    01/21/2015 4:16:40 AM PST · by Jed Eckert · 82 replies
    alloutdoor.com ^ | 1/14/2015 | Russ Chastain
    His careless gun handling resulted in unemployment, medical bills, and a lawsuit against someone else. A police officer walks into a gun shop, asks to see a 380 pistol, shoots off a portion of his anatomy with said pistol, becomes former cop, and then sues gun shop.Yeah, that’s right.The former officer is reportedly suing for negligence on the part of Barren Outdoors, the gun shop where the incident occurred.We all know that guns in display cases should be unloaded and safe. We also know that the gun shop employee should have checked the gun to be sure of that before...
  • Man says police beat him after shots outside Biden home

    01/20/2015 4:26:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 97 replies
    AP via MSN ^ | 1/20/15
    WILMINGTON, Del. — A man arrested shortly after gunshots were fired near Vice President Joe Biden's Delaware home says police officers beat him up. Fifty-seven-year-old Rock Peters of Hockessin says New Castle County Police officers left him with a swollen nose, rib injuries, cuts on his face and a black eye. Photos that Peters says he took of himself afterward show his face covered with blood and bruises. Police declined to comment.
  • Radar technology that allows police to 'see' inside homes raises fresh concerns from judges, etc.

    01/19/2015 8:58:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | January 19, 2015 | David McCormack
    * At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies now have access to radar devices that enable them to effectively see into people's homes * The technology has been available for more than two years, but only come to light during a federal appeals court hearing in Denver last month * The use of the technology adds to growing concerns about government surveillance and also raises legal and privacy issuesAt least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies now have access to radar devices that enable them to effectively see into people’s homes and determine if anyone is inside. Although the FBI, U.S....
  • MI:Open Carrier Accused of Concealed Carry in Detroit: Jury Trial, Not Guilty!

    01/19/2015 5:01:40 PM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Several months ago, Elijah Woody was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon.   Elijah Woody is an active member of an open carry group, Hells Saints, in Detroit, that was featured in an MSNBC video about open carry.  I wrote about Elijah's arrest and allegations of misconduct by the Detroit police officers, all of whom are black, as is Elijah.  The trial ended yesterday, Friday, the 16th of January, 2015.  I found the story riveting.  It makes you appreciate juries.   This is the sort of story that Eric Holder should be concerned with, but will never be investigated by...
  • Gun enthusiast who shot police chief four times during raid walks free

    01/18/2015 4:44:49 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 75 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | January 18, 2015 | Ashley Collman
    The gun enthusiast who nearly killed his small town's police chief last week is a free man since cops couldn't find enough evidence to charge him and keep him behind bars. Sentinel, Oklahoma Police Chief Louis Ross was shot four times that morning while raiding a house in connection to a bomb threat at a school, and only survived thanks to a bullet-proof vest he borrowed at the last minute. [snip} Horton and his wife were arrested in the aftermath, and he later told investigators that he didn't know police were breaking into his home, which Chief Ross finds skeptical....
  • Man dies after officer-involved shooting near Garth Brooks concert

    01/17/2015 6:38:55 AM PST · by kjam22 · 27 replies
    koco news ^ | 1-17-2015 | zak patterson
    TULSA, Okla. —An off-duty Oklahoma City police officer was involved in a fatal shooting Friday night. The officer, 33, who hasn't been identified, saw the man push the woman to the ground. The officer got out of his vehicle and confronted the man. He said he saw a gun in the man's waistband. When the man began walking toward the officer, the officer said the man reached for the gun. That's when the officer drew his gun and opened fire. The male, 23, who was not identified, was shot several time and taken to St. Francis Hospital. He was pronounced...
  • Connecticut cop who was caught on camera as he repeatedly stomped suspect is found NOT GUILTY of pol

    Full title: Connecticut cop who was caught on camera as he repeatedly stomped suspect is found NOT GUILTY of police brutality A Connecticut police officer was found not guilty Wednesday of violating the civil rights of a man who video showed being stomped and kicked by three cops who’d just tasered him into submission. Clive Higgins was the only officer to plead not guilty in the 2011 incident in which drug dealer Orlando Lopez-Soto was seen in footage being brutalized as he lay face down in the grass following a car chase with police. A jury said Wednesday that Higgins,...
  • W.Va. man found incompetent for trial in sheriff’s death

    01/15/2015 8:13:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 15, 2015 4:17 PM EST
    A man was found incompetent to stand trial Thursday in the fatal shooting of a West Virginia sheriff who later was implicated by federal prosecutors in a separate corruption scandal. Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul Farrell ordered Tennis Melvin Maynard of Delbarton committed to a state mental health facility for life. Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum was killed in April 2013 in downtown Williamson. […] Maynard and Crum had known each other for years, with Crum previously serving as a boxing club mentor to Maynard when he was a teenager and when Crum was police chief in the town of...
  • Judge rules Rocky Ford Police Officer James Ashby will stand trial for murder in shooting death

    01/15/2015 6:04:12 PM PST · by TankerKC · 22 replies
    Denver news 7 ^ | 1/15/2015 01:22:19 PM MST | Jesse Paul
    LA JUNTA, Colo. - A judge ruled Thursday that there is probable cause for Rocky Ford Police Officer James Ashby to stand trial for second-degree murder in the on-duty shooting death of a 27-year-old man. Ashby will be arraigned on Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m. in La Junta. He is currently free on $150,000 bond. Ashby is accused of killing Jack Jacquez, Jr. on Oct. 12, 2014. Relatives say Ashby followed Jacquez to his home and shot him in the back after a struggle over a skateboard on Oct. 12. Authorities had not released the circumstances surrounding the shooting and...
  • Cop shouldn't be charged in elderly man's death (WE KNEW THIS WAS COMING)

    01/15/2015 10:35:31 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 15, 2015 | Mary Mitchell mmitchell@suntimes.com
    Police Officer Craig Taylor shouldn’t be sitting in a Markham courtroom. Taylor should be out protecting the citizens of Park Forest like he’s done since 2004. Taylor was performing his sworn duty to serve and protect when he was summoned to the Victory Centre in Park Forest on July 26, 2013, to quell a disturbance. He ended up firing beanbag cartridges at 95-year-old John Wrana, a resident of the facility. Taylor, an African-American, was one of five officers who responded to a call from staff that the elderly man was threatening them with a knife, a shoehorn and a cane....