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  • Police-beating verdict cause for deep cynicism

    01/22/2014 3:13:37 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    Human Events ^ | January 22, 2014 | Steven Greenhut
    So it wasn’t surprising when, in July 2011, the Fullerton political establishment rushed to the defense of officers who had beaten a 130-pound homeless schizophrenic named Kelly Thomas. The public saw the published photo of Thomas’ horribly swollen and bruised face, yet the mayor went on TV saying he had seen worse injuries in the Vietnam War and that it was unclear what killed Thomas, who died in a hospital days after the whomping. We also learned that police officers confiscated the video camera of a bystander and were allowed to watch the surveillance video of the incident and essentially...
  • Texas Motorist Wins $77,500 After Traffic Cops Steal Cash

    07/23/2014 9:10:13 AM PDT · by Ken H · 75 replies
    the Newspaper ^ | 07/23/2014 | n/a
    Estelline, Texas settles with innocent, elderly motorist who had her cash seized during a traffic stop. Police in Estelline, Texas are sorry they ever pulled over Laura Dutton. The 64- year-old woman was stopped on November 28, 2012 as she was returning from a trip to Amarillo on US Highway 287. Police Officer Jayson Fry, the city's lone officer, was manning a speed trap a few feet away from the sign marking the speed limit drop when she passed through Estelline. Officer Fry says she was doing 61 MPH in a 50 MPH zone. He pulled her over, issued a...
  • Internal documents show that Utah police did little investigation before fatal drug raid

    07/23/2014 7:48:46 AM PDT · by DarkSavant · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 17, 2014 | Radley Balko
    In January 2011, the Weber-Morgan County Narcotics Strike Force conducted a nighttime drug raid on the Ogden, Utah, home of Matthew David Stewart. An ex-girlfriend had tipped off the police that Stewart was growing pot in his basement. He was; Stewart, a former veteran, suffered from PTSD, and used the pot to self-medicate. The police had no evidence that Stewart was selling any of his pot. Once police took down his door with a battering ram, Stewart, who was sleeping, grabbed a handgun.
  • $75K bail for off-duty officer accused of shooting into home (Illinois)

    07/23/2014 6:03:11 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 22, 2014 | Marwa Eltagouri
    $75K bail for off-duty officer accused of shooting into home By Marwa Eltagouri July 22, 2014 A judge set bail at $75,000 today for a south suburban police officer accused of firing his handgun while off-duty in Country Club Hills, with one of the rounds ending up in a wall inside someone's home, authorities said. Country Club Hills police officer John Silas, 38, charged with reckless discharge of a firearm, was in court today before Markham Courthouse Judge Darren Bowden, who set bail at $75,000, according to a statement from the Cook County state's attorney's office. According to Ben Briet,...
  • Policing America

    07/23/2014 4:20:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | John Stossel
    I want the police to be better armed than the bad guys, but what exactly does that mean today? Apparently it means the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security equip even the tiniest rural police departments with massive military vehicles, body armor and grenade launchers. The equipment is surplus from the long wars we fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. To a hammer, everything resembles a nail. SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams were once used only in emergencies such as riots or robberies where hostages were taken. But today there are more than 50,000 "no-knock raids" a year. It's...
  • It’s Time for Conservatives to Stop Defending Police

    07/22/2014 9:32:19 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 163 replies
    Imagine if I were to tell you there is a large group of government employees, with generous salaries and ridiculously cushy retirement pensions covered by the taxpayer, who enjoy incredible job security and are rarely held accountable even for activities that would almost certainly earn the rest of us prison time. When there is proven misconduct, these government employees are merely reassigned and are rarely dismissed. The bill for any legal settlements concerning their errors? It, too, is covered by the taxpayers. Their unions are among the strongest in the country. No, I’m not talking about public-school teachers. I’m talking...
  • New video shows police offered no medical help to unresponsive Staten Island dad Eric Garner

    07/19/2014 10:28:19 PM PDT · by FBD · 139 replies
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | Juky 20,2014 12:42 AM | BY Corinne Lestch , Rocco Parascandola , Larry Mcshane
    The seven-minute clip posted Saturday on YouTube shows an apparently lifeless Eric Garner, whose head droops to the side as at least eight cops stand nearby. “C’mon, guy,” one cop says to Garner, the only thing on the video that suggests any of the officers was trying to help the Staten Island man. “Breathe in, breathe out.” But Garner, on his side with his eyes closed, doesn’t move at all — even when the officer slaps him on the shoulder. The side of his head remains flat against the concrete, and his eyes never open. At one point, another officer...
  • leads rally after Eric Garner's apparent NYPD chokehold death

    07/19/2014 9:51:10 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    newsday ^ | 7-19-2014
    The widow of a Staten Island man who died after a police officer apparently used an unauthorized chokehold on him collapsed in tears into the arms of the Rev. Al Sharpton during a rally Saturday morning at his Harlem headquarters. Esaw Garner had to be ushered off the stage as Sharpton described how her husband, 43-year-old Eric Garner of Port Richmond, died Thursday following a confrontation with police after complaints that he was selling single untaxed cigarettes. Part of the confrontation was captured in video taken by a bystander.
  • Staten Island DA looking into death of dad of six after NYPD cop put him in chokehold (Update)

    07/18/2014 4:12:56 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 113 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 07/18/2014 | BY LAURA DIMON , ROCCO PARASCANDOLA , LARRY MCSHANE
    --SNIP-- This comes as two NYPD officers were yanked off the street Friday as cops and the Staten Island district attorneys investigated the stunning death of a suspect placed in a banned chokehold. The officers were slated for desk duty pending completion of the probe into Thursday’s death of Eric Garner, 43, as he was brought down by five NYPD officers outside a Tompkinsville beauty parlor. “Loss of life is always a tragedy,” said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton at a City Hall news conference. “Nobody began the day with the expectation it would end the way it did.
  • 'Send an ambulance - he's going to need one': Father who walked in on a man

    07/18/2014 1:13:47 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 18 July 2014 | LOUISE BOYLE
    ('Send an ambulance - he's going to need one': Father who walked in on a man molesting his son, 11, beat him to a pulp before calling cops to say 'I have him in a bloody puddle for you' ) A father who walked in on a man allegedly sexually assaulting his 11-year-old son beat the man to a pulp before calling police to say they could come collect him from the 'bloody puddle' on his floor. The 35-year-old man, who has not been identified, told a 911 dispatcher in the early hours of Friday: 'I just walked in on...
  • Furor Over NYPD Choking and Beating Staten Island Man To Death [Video]

    07/18/2014 1:04:10 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 168 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 18 2014 | JP Staff
    (Video has been removed from JP and youtube...) A 400-pound Staten Island dad of six, suffering for asthma, died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, according to a video of the incident published on The Daily News website. “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, is heard screaming after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he resisted an arrest. Within moments Garner stopped struggling and appeared to be unconscious as police called paramedics...
  • Wisconsin chief who allegedly signed tea party leader up for gay dating sites to be charged

    07/18/2014 9:21:42 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 20 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-18-14 | AP
    A prosecutor plans to charge a western Wisconsin police chief with a misdemeanor for allegedly registering a tea party leader on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites. Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger told The Associated Press he plans to charge Town of Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen with misdemeanor unlawful use of a computerized communication system Thursday afternoon. Kelemen would face up to $1,000 in fines and 90 days in jail if convicted, but would still be able to stay on as police chief. Only those with felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions related to domestic violence are...
  • ‘Do You Know Who the [edited] I Am?’ FL Cop Pulls over the Wrong Guy…

    07/17/2014 12:19:31 PM PDT · by blueplum · 40 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | July 15, 2014 7:38pm | Josh Feldman
    A Miami cop pulled someone over last month on a routine traffic stop, but the ensuing mess resulted in an internal investigation because it turns out the man this police officer pulled over was actually a higher-ranking officer in the same police department. Officer Marcel Jackson pulled over Lieutenant David Ramras and things got intense really quickly. In a video captured on Jackson’s GoPro camera, you can see them fighting and Jackson forcing Ramras to the ground. Other officers nearby run up to....(video at link)
  • Man Considers Suing City of Portsmouth After Unannounced Cops Tried Entering His Home

    07/18/2014 10:07:30 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 29 replies
    OpposingViews ^ | July 16, 2014 | Lina Batarags
    PORTSMOUTH, Va. – When a man heard noises in his backyard and heard the back door handle click, he ushered his family upstairs, grabbed his gun and prepared to defend himself. Brandon Watson remembers his wife seeing “guys in all black” approaching the house; when he couldn’t immediately find a phone to call 911, he instead ran back downstairs with his legally purchased gun. Watson recalls warning the intruders, “Who is that? I have a gun,” and immediately finding “two red laser beams” trained on his chest. He then fired a warning shot through a window, and ran across the...
  • Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold

    07/18/2014 5:11:11 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 117 replies
    NY Daily news ^ | 7/18/14 | BY KEN MURRAY , KERRY BURKE , CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS , ROCCO PARASCANDOLA
    Staten Island man dies after NYPD cop puts him in chokehold — SEE THE VIDEO VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows. BY KEN MURRAY , KERRY BURKE , CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS , ROCCO PARASCANDOLA A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows. “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!”...
  • Jersey City Cop In Trouble For Allegedly Posting False Claims About Gang Retaliation

    07/17/2014 7:17:28 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 3 replies
    CBS ^ | July 16, 2014 | CBS
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Jersey City police officer will be disciplined, after allegedly posting information online about possible gang retaliation after police shot and killed a man who murdered a fellow officer. As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Public Safety Director James Shea said rumors of more violence crop up frequently when a police officer is shot. “We have had, in the past, allegations of potential retaliation against police officers but that is a fairly common occurrence and we haven’t been able to attach any credence to it,” Shea said. In this...
  • Footage shows allegedly drunk Pawhuska official (Oklahoma)

    07/17/2014 1:03:57 PM PDT · by Osage Orange · 33 replies
    KRMG.com ^ | 7-16-14 | Angela Hong
    Footage shows allegedly drunk Pawhuska official By Angela Hong TULSA, Okla. — Footage obtained by FOX23 shows the Pawhuska city manager telling a police officer not to arrest a man suspected of drunk driving -- the man is also the city attorney. The footage has gone viral in the Osage County community and people there are upset. The Pawhauska police officer was wearing a body camera and it recorded the exchange he had with the city manager. The footages shows the manager telling the officer to let City Attorney Jesse Worten sober up instead of arresting him right away. On...
  • Farmville family stunned that officer fatally shot Golden Retriever

    07/17/2014 10:02:58 AM PDT · by Altariel · 157 replies
    WTVR (Virginia) ^ | July 14, 2014 | Laura French
    PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, Va. — A Farmville family is searching for answers after a Prince Edward Deputy shot their eight-year-old Golden Retriever, named Party, ultimately killing him. “The dog was at the same level of the officer when he fired,” said homeowner Stephen Carwile, and indicated that the deputy was standing at the bottom of the deck. The incident happened June 27 while the family wasn’t home. A deputy was serving Carwile a civil warrant when he said he felt threatened by the dog. “I come home to blood all over the place all over my porch,” said Carwile. He...
  • Police helmet camera captures fatal shooting of James Boyd

    07/17/2014 12:40:48 PM PDT · by DariusBane · 39 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | 22 Mar 2014 | KRQE ABQ
    Albuquerque police’s new chief says the latest officer involved shooting that killed a homeless man in the foothills is justified. But new video police released Friday is raising a lot of questions about how it all played out. The release came Friday as APD’s first press conference since the shooting. http://krqe.com/2014/03/21/apd-officer-involved-shooting-was-justified/ Read more at
  • Teenage girl says Clairton police beat her after curfew violation

    07/17/2014 10:05:28 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 63 replies
    WTAE ^ | 07/17/2014 | Bob Hazen
    CLAIRTON, Pa. —A 17-year-old girl says she was beaten by police in Clairton after she and her friends were stopped for a curfew violation Wednesday night. Merceedez Wright admits she and her friends were out a few minutes after the city's 10 p.m. curfew, and that she both ran from officers and resisted them after being tackled, but she doesn't believe she deserves the injuries she suffered. "I didn't think cops would do that to me because I'm a girl. And I didn't have anything on me. I was just trying to walk away from the situation," Wright said from...
  • Miami Cop in Trouble after Pulling Over Speeding Driver, who Turns out to be internal Affairs

    07/16/2014 9:06:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 50 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | 14 July, 2014 | Miami Police Officer
    A Miami police officer pulled a car over for speeding last month, which turned out to be a plainclothes internal affairs lieutenant who shoved the door open on the officer after refusing to provide his drivers license, leading to a struggle on the side of the road that was caught on camera. As the two were on the ground wresting, another three Miami cops who just happened to be in the area pulled up and piled on the screaming driver– only to pull off when they realized the man at the bottom was an internal affairs lieutenant from their own...
  • Cop is suspended for brawl with aggressive speeding driver he pulled over

    07/16/2014 6:46:45 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 26 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 July 2014 | JOSHUA GARDNER
    A Miami police officer has been suspended pending an investigation into a brawl he had with an alleged speeding driver he recently pulled over who turned out to be his ranking officer. Officer Marcel Jackson didn't know he was pulling over a fellow cop when he made the traffic stop and was shocked when he says the driver lunged at him and told him to get back in his car. The driver turned out to be Lieutenant David Ramras with the force's internal affairs unit. Despite Ramras's apparent combativeness toward the uniformed officer, it's now Jackson who's been suspended. Scroll...
  • Man charged for shooting when cops went to wrong house (Jury finds him innocent)

    07/16/2014 5:40:46 AM PDT · by csvset · 69 replies
    WAVY ^ | July 15, 2014 | Andy Fox
    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Imagine you’re up watching our late night news when you hear your back door rattling, then see a red laser pointed on your chest. One Portsmouth man claims that happened to him. Brandon Watson said he was protecting his family when his wife heard noises in the back yard on January 3, 2013: “She said, ‘oh my gosh, someone is int he backyard.’” The noises got closer and then she heard the clicking of the backdoor handle. In a neighborhood where weapons are everywhere, Brandon Watson didn’t hesitate to grab his own legally purchased gun. It...
  • Cop tries to shoot dog, misses, hits 10-year-old boy

    07/15/2014 7:21:35 PM PDT · by null and void · 79 replies
    The Free Thought Project ^ | July 12, 2014 | John Vibes
    A ten year old boy in Georgia is lucky to be alive after he was shot by a police officer who was firing his gun at a dog. According to multiple reports, the police officer was in pursuit of a robbery suspect at the time of the indecent. A dog crossed paths with the officer and he decided to shoot at it. His shot missed the dog and the stray bullet struck the young Dakota Corbitt who was playing nearby. It is still unclear as to why the officer felt the need to shoot at the dog in the first...
  • Outrage in Parker County after man deported four times attacks child

    07/15/2014 12:22:59 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 20 replies
    WFFA ^ | July 14, 2014 | JIM DOUGLAS
    PARKER COUNTY — A Parker County family and Sheriff Larry Fowler blame lax border security for a frightening crime. On Saturday morning, 35-year-old Israel Andrade allegedly broke into a home in Springtown by crawling through a window. The sheriff’s office said Andrade has been deported to Mexico four times, starting in 2003. "My daughter ran into our room screaming, 'Mom! Mom! Mom! Someone's in the house!" said the mother of a nine-year-old girl. We’re not identifying the family because of the age of the victim and the nature of the crime. The woman's daughter said she woke up to a...
  • N.C. police officers accused of faking 911 calls to gain entry...

    07/15/2014 11:20:50 AM PDT · by FBD · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    A North Carolina police chief has officially barred officers from making up phony 911 calls in order to gain access to private residences without a search warrant. Several officers with the Durham Police Department lied about 911 hang-up calls to convince residents to consent to searches of their homes, an officer said under oath in late May, a local ABC affiliate reported. The allegations prompted Police Chief Jose Lopez to send out an internal memo barring the practice.“It has recently been brought to my attention that some officers have informed citizens that there has been a 911 hang-up call from their residence in order to...
  • Jersey City mayor lashes out over memorial for alleged cop-killer

    07/14/2014 7:24:15 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies
    <p>Instead of honoring the officer, the memorial was for his suspected killer. "Rest easy," ''Thug in peace" and "See u on the other side" friends wrote about  Lawrence Campbell, who police say ambushed Officer Melvin Santiago early Sunday as he responded to an armed robbery call at a 24/7 pharmacy.</p>
  • Target security officer fired after reporting [cop] shoplifting

    07/14/2014 8:12:22 AM PDT · by bornred · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 12 | Tom Jackman
    Dallas Northington spent nearly eight years working for Target in loss prevention, roaming the stores and scanning the surveillance cameras. In an episode at the Leesburg Target store in May that he said was typical, a man was allegedly captured twice on video shoplifting, and Northington responded as he said he always did: He called the Leesburg police, made a report and provided them the videos of the two incidents. But the man in the video may have been a Fairfax County sheriff’s deputy, Northington said he soon learned. And within days, two things happened: The deputy retired from the...
  • Family's outrage after drunk hit-and-run driver is sentenced to just 120 DAYS

    07/13/2014 5:30:49 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | , 13 July 2014 | ASHLEY COLLMAN
    ( Family's outrage after drunk hit-and-run driver is sentenced to just 120 DAYS in prison for killing man who lost wife and daughter in similar incident ) A drunk driver who killed a 57-year-old motorcyclist when he sped through a red light last year will only have to spend 120 days in prison - a light sentence that has infuriated the victim's already heartbroken family. Ronald O'Kelly, 25, plead guilty to charges of involuntary vehicular manslaughter due to intoxication and fleeing the scene on Friday, in connection with the tragic April 2013 accident that killed Kansas City man Leroy 'Buddy'...
  • Widow of man shot in theater ‘for texting’ hits out at judge after ‘shooter’ released

    07/13/2014 10:21:09 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 260 replies
    UK DailyMail online ^ | 11 July 2014 | By ALEX GREIG and SNEJANA FARBEROV
    Bail was set at $150,000 for the release of Curtis Reeves, 71, accused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Chad Oulson, 43 Appeals court ruled that a district judge may have made an error by failing to set bail for Reeves Reeves shot and killed Oulson at a movie theater in January after a dispute over text messaging The former police captain must stay home, wear an ankle monitor, surrender his guns and avoid contact with victim's widow 'We are flooded, we are devastated,' said lawyer representing Nicole Oulson after news of Reeves' impending release
  • Sheriff's deputy will NOT be charged for shooting dead 13-year-old child.

    07/11/2014 11:34:04 PM PDT · by Rabin · 88 replies
    Associated Press and Daily Mail Reporter ^ | Updated: 10:09 EST, 8 July 2014 | Staff
    Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus shouted then shot (dead 13-year-old Andy Lopez on October 22, 2013), Eric fired eight rounds. The hit / miss order can never be known. What is known is that Andy had failed to orange tip the bb-gun and that he never returned fire. Forensic indicate the 73 lb. perp took three 44 hollow points in the back and right side (falling?) plus four horizontals, head , neck lower...
  • Watch New York man get arrested by three cops for asking a simple question (VIDEO's)

    07/11/2014 3:18:40 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 68 replies
    Rare ^ | July 11 2014 | Richard Thompson
    Video released last weekend shows Ryan Conklin of Monroe County, New York, being detained by three police officers for simply asking a question. Conklin recounted his trip to a Henrietta Hots restaurant with a friend to blogger Davy V., recalling how he noticed three Monroe County Sheriff’s deputies inside the restaurant and decided to ask them a question. “I simply asked three Monroe County Sheriffs, why they all were all at Henrietta Hots when it is a busy holiday weekend, and I suggested they be split up and police the area, taking staggered breaks,” Conklin said. “During the full discussion,...
  • He Shot a Police Officer During Late-Night Raid at His Home — Why a Jury Just Found Him Not Guilty

    07/11/2014 2:35:13 PM PDT · by bamahead · 56 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 11, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    When the San Antonio Police Department’s Tactical Response Unit busted through his front door, 52-year-old Adrian Perryman says he opened fire because he believed a home invasion was underway. He wounded a police officer, but claims he tossed his firearm once he saw they were cops and not criminals. It took a jury in San Antonio, Texas, nine hours of deliberation to find Perryman not guilty on four counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer earlier this week. The raid occurred at Perryman’s home back in October 26, 2010. Police officers testified that they shouted, “Police! Police!” as they...
  • SWAT unit kills St. Paul family's 2 pit bulls in raid

    07/11/2014 7:35:50 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 22 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 7-10-14 | Mara H. Gottfried
    An officer believed they were acting in an aggressive manner," said Sgt. Paul Paulos, a St. Paul police spokesman. "He thought he'd be bit or the dogs would bite one of the team members." Perry and her fiance, Larry L. Arman, said the dogs had been sleeping by the front door and did nothing more than bark when police used a ram to break down the door of their home to execute a search warrant. The warrant wasn't publicly available in court as of Thursday. Perry and Arman said it indicated police were looking for marijuana, drug packaging, weighing equipment,...
  • Cops Back Off From Plan to Photograph Boy's Erection

    07/11/2014 2:49:25 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 51 replies
    Newser ^ | July 11, 2014 | Rob Quinn
    Sanity appears to have prevailed in Manassas, Virginia, where authorities had planned to chemically induce an erection in a 17-year-old boy accused of making child pornography of himself by sending explicit photos to his 15-year-old girlfriend. The aunt says she's glad police are dropping the plan, but she won't be satisfied until they drop what she says are overblown felony charges of manufacture and possession of child pornography.
  • 4 Reasons the Police Are Suddenly Terrifying

    07/11/2014 12:56:10 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 19 replies
    Cracked.com ^ | July 09, 2014 | C. Coville
    Despite a continuing lack of rich vigilante superheroes, crime in America has been dropping for decades. Among other things, this means that police officers now have it easier: It's safer to be a cop today than it has been in over 50 years. In fact, the number of police officers killed by guns in 2012 was the lowest since 1887, and I'm pretty sure guns back then were steam powered and required 10 minutes of hand cranking. And yet, as we've written about before, police departments all over America are going mad with power. SWAT teams are everywhere, doing stuff...
  • No charges for officers in shooting near Capitol

    07/10/2014 3:31:52 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 14 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 10 2014 | Washington Examiner
    Officers who fatally shot an unarmed Connecticut woman after a high-speed car chase from the White House to the Capitol last fall will not face criminal charges, the Justice Department said Thursday. Prosecutors who spent months investigating the shooting of Miriam Carey, 34, of Stamford, Connecticut, said they concluded that officers from the Secret Service and the Capitol Police did not use excessive force and did not have the criminal intent required for a prosecution. The shooting on the afternoon of Oct. 3 ended a bewildering chain of events that spanned just minutes but put the Capitol, the Supreme Court...
  • SWAT Unit Kills Two Dogs, Finds Little Evidence In ‘No-Knock’ Raid

    07/10/2014 2:40:58 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 55 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/09/2014 | Chuck Ross
    Instead of leaving with the drugs and weapons they were sent to find, a Minnesota SWAT team executing a “no-knock raid” left with the bodies of a family’s two dead dogs. “The first thing I heard was ‘boom,’” Larry Lee Arman told KMSP, recalling the raid which occurred in St. Paul at 7 a.m. on Wednesday. “Bop, bop, bop, bop, bop. Right in front of us.” Equipped with a warrant for drugs and weapons, the SWAT unit barged in while Arman was asleep on a mattress with his two children, shooting Mello and Laylo, the family’s two pit bulls. “One...
  • Court: Cops can't stop drivers based on the color of their cars [FL]

    07/10/2014 1:22:14 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 145 replies
    Yahoo! Autos ^ | 7/9/14 | Justin Hyde
    "Probable cause" has long been one of those terms that made the jump from legal jargon to household term, especially with regards to drivers who get pulled over. The struggle over what that allows on American roads — and what it doesn't — took a new turn last week with a Florida ruling that threw out a conviction stemming from a police officer who found something wrong with the color of a car. In 2010, a deputy in Florida's Escambia County saw one Kendrick Van Teamer drive by in a bright green Chevrolet. The deputy ran his plates, and found...
  • Mother of officer killed by illegal immigrant writes Obama

    07/09/2014 8:54:05 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 18 replies
    KPHO ^ | ul 09, 2014 10 | Breann Bierman
    MESA, AZ (CBS5) - The mother of a fallen Mesa officer is writing President Barack Obama regarding illegal immigrants in the U.S. Mary Ann Mendoza's son, Sgt. Brandon Mendoza was killed after an illegal immigrant was driving the wrong way on the road and hit Mendoza's vehicle head on. Mary Ann Mendoza released the following letter: "President Obama, "I am writing this letter to you regarding illegal immigrants. "As a tax paying, law abiding citizen of the United States, I WANT my voice heard on this issue. My son, Sergeant Brandon Mendoza, an officer who was with the City of...
  • Police kill charging cow who sent officer airborne

    07/09/2014 9:29:54 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 56 replies
    AP ^ | 07/08/2014
    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) -- Police in Mount Vernon, Washington, killed an agitated Angus cow that rampaged through town, tossing a police officer into the air and tap-dancing on a patrol car. The Skagit Valley Herald reports (http://is.gd/dm29HB) that police spokeswoman Shannon Haigh says the cow apparently escaped from a farm outside the city limits. It was first reported in a Wal-Mart parking lot last Friday.
  • Sheriff's deputy will NOT be charged for shooting dead 13-year-old boy ...

    07/08/2014 7:08:32 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 151 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 8, 2014 | ASSOCIATED PRESS and DAILY MAIL REPORTER
    Prosecutors said Monday they will not file criminal charges against a Northern California sheriff's deputy who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy carrying a pellet gun he mistook for an assault rifle.... Deputy Erick Gelhaus, 48, fired multiple rounds in response to what he believed was an imminent threat of death, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced at a news conference. 'While in the lawful performance of his duty, Deputy Gelhaus was faced with a highly unpredictable and rapidly evolving situation,' Ravitch said. 'He believed honestly and reasonably that he was faced with a do-or-die dilemma.' 'While this was...
  • Meet Jason Westcott, your latest, needless, inexcusable drug war casualty

    07/07/2014 5:44:57 PM PDT · by bamahead · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 7, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Add another body to the drug war pile. From the Tampa Bay Times, here is the story of the death of Jason Westcott: A man who had partied at Westcott’s home was plotting to rob him. An itinerant motorcycle mechanic, Westcott didn’t have much — two televisions and a handgun — but he was terrified by his would-be intruder’s threats to kill him. Police tracked down the suspect and warned him to stay away. Westcott, those close to him said, was left with a word of advice from the investigating officers: If anyone breaks into this house, grab your gun...
  • Fatal shooting by Pasco detectives protested

    07/07/2014 4:30:02 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 2 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 7/7/14 | GARY S. HATRICK
    About 125 family and friends of Jerry Brown marched down Fifth Avenue in the rain Sunday afternoon to protest after the 41-year-old was fatally shot last week by Pasco County sheriff’s detectives. Detectives said they shot Brown on Tuesday during an undercover drug deal near Big Ben Tires, 4128 Gall Blvd., where Brown was employed. The sheriff’s office said detectives were arresting Brown, a Lakeland resident, for selling prescription drugs. Brown was later found to be unarmed, Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said. On Sunday, protesters chanted “Justice for Jerry” as they walked and carried signs. Some wore T-shirts printed...
  • Why are police shooting so many family dogs?

    07/07/2014 8:39:22 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 105 replies
    Cops take heartbreaking action 'every 98 minutes' A rash of animal shootings by police officers nationwide has law-enforcement agencies running for cover amid growing public outrage that could force state legislatures to require greater accountability from men and women in uniform.
  • Sonoma County D.A.: No criminal charges for sheriff's deputy in Andy Lopez shooting (Santa Rosa, CA)

    07/07/2014 2:49:32 PM PDT · by Hetty_Fauxvert · 10 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | July 7, 2014 | Julie Johnson
    The Sonoma County District Attorney's Office announced Monday that it will not file criminal charges against a sheriff's deputy who shot and killed 13-year-old Andy Lopez. District Attorney Jill Ravitch said in a statement that investigators concluded Deputy Erick Gelhaus “fired his weapon in response to what he honestly and reasonably believed was an imminent threat of death to himself or others. “As such, he was lawfully acting in defense of himself or others, and no basis for seeking criminal charges exists,” Ravitch said in the statement. The finding was revealed in an email announcing a 2 p.m. press conference...
  • Police Take Horrific Action 'Every 98 Minutes' [Dog Killings]

    07/06/2014 4:37:18 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 23 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 7, 2014 | Leo Hohmann
    A rash of animal shootings by police officers nationwide has law-enforcement agencies running for cover amid growing public outrage that could force state legislatures to require greater accountability from men and women in uniform. Police in Utah shot a family’s dog while searching for a lost boy, prompting hundreds of pet owners to protest June 28 in front of the Salt Lake City Police Department headquarters. They carried signs demanding “justice for Geist,” a 110-pound Weimaraner shot by a city cop within the dog’s fenced-in back yard. The “missing” boy was later found sleeping in his home. State police in...
  • VIDEO: Calif. Officer Beating Woman on Roadside

    07/05/2014 2:28:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    A cellphone video depicting a California Highway Patrol office punching a woman along the side of a freeway Tuesday evening has the agency investigating accusations of excessive force. In the video posted to YouTube, an officer is seen punching a woman on the ground more than 11 times in the face. She does not appear to resist, although what started the confrontation is unclear, reports CBS Los Angeles. The video was shot by a driver passing by. califpolicebeating.jpg Screen shot taken from cellphone video shows CHP officer pummeling woman by side of road. CBS On Thursday, the CHP issued a...
  • SEE IT: Indiana cop keeps job after shoving paraplegic man out of wheelchair (VIDEO)

    07/05/2014 1:02:32 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 38 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 3, 2014 | Joe Kemp
    An Indiana cop was allowed to keep his job after police brass recommended he be fired for shoving a paraplegic man out of his wheelchair during a confrontation on the street, officials said. Lafayette Police Lieutenant Tom Davidson was one of several officers called to confront the wheelchair-bound man, Nicholas Kincade, at North Ninth and Elizabeth Sts. on Oct. 1, 2013, officials said. Kincade, 25, had allegedly told employees at a nearby charter school that he was carrying a gun, the Lafayette Journal & Courier reported. The cops quickly determined that Kincade wasn’t packing heat and only found a pocket...
  • Cop Filmed Viciously Beating Unarmed Woman on Highway (2 VIDEO's)

    07/05/2014 11:24:47 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 105 replies
    Mediaite ^ | July 5 2014 | Tina Nguyen
    A cellphone video emerged this weekend of a California cop appearing to brutally beat a woman for no discernible reason on the side of a highway. CBS Los Angeles reports that the video, filmed on Tuesday evening, depicts a California Highway Patrol officer angrily crossing the La Brea Freeway, yanking a barefooted woman down, and punching her “more than 11 times in the face.” As of now, the CHP says that it is investigating the incident, but said in a statement that “since there is an ongoing investigation, it would be premature to comment on this specific video segment without...