Latest Articles: Watching The Cops
Despite Animal Rescuers Being at the Scene, Cops Shoot 2 Family Dogs, Claiming They Held Up Traffic
Post Date: 2023-05-31 16:43:55 by Charles_Byrd
In yet another terrible display of state authority over compassion, police carried out a despicable act of puppycide this past Saturday. A pair of dogs found wandering loose on Interstate 84 near Heyburn became the latest victims in the alarmingly frequent incidents of law enforcement officers discharging their firearms on man's best friend. This act of thoughtless violence occurred near exit 211 just before 6 p.m., a news release from the Heyburn Police Department revealed. Cops on scene alleged that the animals were causing traffic to grind to a halt and posed a safety hazard. According to the release, "The speed limit of this section of interstate is 80 miles per hour and ...
Review: Animal Control Pokes Fun at Real-World Policing Problems
Post Date: 2023-05-26 18:43:44 by Charles_Byrd
When your colony of pet rabbits accidentally eats magic mushrooms, who you gonna call? Hopefully not the characters on Animal Control, the new sitcom that debuted on Fox in February. Responding to that situation in one early episode, the officers eventually corral the tripping bunnies, then decide to confiscate the rest of the unfortunate owner's shroom stash for their personal use. Asset forfeiture is no laughing matter. But the show uses the low-stakes environment of animal control duty to poke fun at the real problems of self-interested cops and the unaccountable public systems that protect them. Main character Frank Shaw (Joel McHale) is a former policeman who got drummed out of ...
The Rise of the American Gestapo: Has It Already Happened?
Post Date: 2023-05-21 01:24:35 by Charles_Byrd
Looking at the present, with each passing day, I see a very probable future: a new despotism creeping slowly across America. Faceless oligarchs sit at command posts of a corporate-government complex that has been slowly evolving over many decades. In efforts to enlarge their own powers and privileges, they are/were willing to have others suffer the intended or unintended consequences of their institutional or personal greed. For Americans, these consequences include chronic inflation, recurring recession, huge unemployment, the poisoning of air, water, soil, and bodies, and, more important, the subversion of our constitution. More broadly, consequences include widespread intervention in ...
A rematch of the 2020 election next year, pitting President Joe Biden against former president Donald Trump, would hurt down-ballot Republicans, a new poll has found. If Trump is at the top of the ticket, Democrats would have a five-point advantage
Post Date: 2023-05-19 01:45:56 by Charles_Byrd
St. Cloud, Florida, police officer Dianne Ferreira has been charged with suspicion of theft of a credit card with intent to use, credit card fraud of more than $100 and use of ID of a dead person after officials said she used a dead man's credit card to make several purchases. Click for Full Text!
Brickbat: Good Enough for Government Work
Post Date: 2023-05-15 19:21:32 by Charles_Byrd
Former Scranton, Pennsylvania, police sergeant Jeffrey Vaughn has been sentenced to six months in prison followed by two years of probation after pleading guilty to theft from a program receiving federal funds. Vaughn was paid to perform overtime patrols at federally subsidized low-income housing projects, but he claimed 266 hours worth of patrols he had not performed. Click for Full Text!
Brickbat: Bad Cop
Post Date: 2023-05-12 19:48:56 by Charles_Byrd
Former Doraville, Georgia, police officer Miles Bryant has been charged with murder and kidnapping in the death of a 16-year-old girl. Prosecutors said that isn't the only crime he has committed. In a bond hearing, they said that on at least one occasion he used his badge to gain access to a woman's phone and forward explicit material to himself. Click for Full Text!
FRED Says . . .
Post Date: 2023-05-12 19:45:30 by Charles_Byrd
Imagine a red light that never goes green unless you obey. The speed limit. Whatever it is. Click for Full Text!
Brickbat: No Good Deed
Post Date: 2023-05-11 19:50:34 by Charles_Byrd
Officials in Center Township, Pennsylvania, have agreed to pay nearly $1 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the family of a Good Samaritan who died after being tackled by a city police officer. Click for Full Text!
License plate-reading cameras will watch for stolen vehicles in Turlock. Here’s where
Post Date: 2023-05-08 18:26:07 by Charles_Byrd
The Stanislaus County Sheriffs Department and Turlock are entering an agreement to use automated license-plate readers at six locations in the city. Turlock will join an automated reader system thats used in cities that contract for sheriffs service, including Hughson, Patterson and Waterford. Read more at: https://www.modbee.com/news/local/turlock/article275120376.html#storylink= cpy Click for Full Text!
Brickbat: Pounding the Pavement
Post Date: 2023-04-24 17:33:12 by Charles_Byrd
Providence, Rhode Island, police captain Stephen J. Gencarella was sentenced to one year of probation after pleading no contest to simple assault. Gencarella and another officer arrested Armando Rivas after he refused to move his vehicle from the travel lane of an interstate on-ramp. Click for Full Text!
Our Constitution’s premier amendment sanctioned the fringe New England organization NSC-131’s (National Social Club-Anti-Communist Action) small, short-lived April 1 demonstration in downtown Portland, Maine. The freedom to speak one’s mind and peace
Post Date: 2023-04-22 01:31:46 by Charles_Byrd
New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board has determined that Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey, the New York Police Department's highest- ranking uniformed officer, abused his authority by ordering officers to drop the charges against a former police officer arrested for threatening three boys with a gun. Click for Full Text!
Brickbat: Close Enough
Post Date: 2023-04-15 01:29:48 by Charles_Byrd
Randal Quran Reid spent six days in an Atlanta jail after local officers picked him up on warrants for theft from Louisiana, a state he has never been to. He was not told why he'd been arrested. But a Louisiana attorney Reid's family hired found that he was accused of theft from a consignment store. Click for Full Text!
Brickbat: The Roads Are Dangerous Here After Dark
Post Date: 2023-03-22 23:38:41 by Charles_Byrd
Michigan State Police troopers Ryan Fitzko, Cody Lukas, and Justin Simpson have been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery for their actions during the arrest of a man for riding a bicycle after dark without lights. Click for Full Text!
Brickbat: Good Work
Post Date: 2023-03-14 01:03:31 by Charles_Byrd
Kary Jarvis spent more than a year behind bars after a traffic stop left two Daytona Beach, Florida, police officers injured and Jarvis facing multiple felony charges. But when a judge finally saw video of the stop and what followed she ruled that "Mr. Jarvis was unlawfully detained after his first denial of consent. Had officers allowed Mr. Jarvis to leave, as he was entitled to, no one would have gotten hurt. The injuries resulted from the officers' own illegal activity." Click for Full Text!
How the FBI Took an Innocent Woman’s Savings
Post Date: 2023-03-10 01:16:30 by Charles_Byrd
The Federal Bureau of Investigation regularly seizes cash, cars and other valuables that belong to people who arent accused of any crimes. Months later, many of those people receive a dense, boilerplate notice stating that the FBI plans to keep their property forever, without any explanation of whya blatantly unconstitutional practice. Thats what happened to Linda Martin. When the FBI took her life savings from a safe-deposit box during a 2021 raid of US Private Vaults in Beverly Hills, Calif., she assumed her money would be returned. The companys alleged wrongdoing had nothing to do with her. But several months later, sheand hundreds of other innocent people ...
Cops Harass Parents Who Let 6-Year-Old Daughter Take a Walk Outside, Arrest Dad
Post Date: 2023-03-10 00:49:38 by Charles_Byrd
This fall, just as Keith Kaplan was finishing up his first term as a town councilman in the New York suburb of Teaneck, New Jersey, he proposed a Reasonable Childhood Independence bill. It states that when parents allow kids to perform age-old independent activities, like walking or playing outside, they are not committing negligence unless the the kids are in obvious, serious, and likely danger. For Kaplan, the bill is especially important. That's because of an incidence he witnessed involving his friends, their daughter, and the police. Click for Full Text!
Ohio Woman Says Cops Broke Her Wrist for Recording During Traffic Stop
Post Date: 2023-03-03 02:11:53 by Charles_Byrd
A new lawsuit alleges that an Ohio woman suffered a broken wrist and other injuries after being violently arrested during a traffic stop, in part due to filming the police who pulled her over. In February 2020, Amanda Mills was pulled over for speeding in Walton Hills, a small town outside Cleveland, Ohio. According to the suit, a police officer, identified in the lawsuit only as "Officer Schmidt" exited his cruiser "irate" and "screaming." Nervous, Mills began recording the encounter. Schmidt ordered Mills to get out of her vehicle. According to the suit, "Amanda asked 'why?' without making any other statement or any sudden movement. At this ...
Sheriff's Employee Embezzled Funds in Keeping with the Spirit of Civil Asset Forfeiture
Post Date: 2023-03-01 17:38:57 by Charles_Byrd
Critics of civil asset forfeiture quite rightly refer to the practice of swiping cash and property from people accused (but not convicted) of crimes as "legalized theft." That enrages law enforcement types who insist they're just abiding by the law, never mind that the law is contemptible. But there are times when forfeiture clearly crosses over into outright robbery, such as when John Cox, an Albany County, New York, sheriff's department employee, used seized proceeds to cover his lousy luck with cards or horses. It's simultaneously awful and thoroughly in keeping with the policy of civil asset forfeiture. "The head of the Albany County Sheriff's Office ...
Attorney general intervenes after newsman covering train derailment arrested
Post Date: 2023-02-15 20:11:54 by Charles_Byrd
A NewsNation reporter who was arrested in eastern Ohio while covering the train derailment which sparked a large chemical plume over the town had his charges dropped Wednesday, the state attorney general confirmed. Reporter Evan Lambert was arrested on Feb. 8 while giving a live report during a press conference during which Republican Gov. Mike DeWine gave an update on the train derailment that caused the mass evacuation of nearly 2,000 residents before hazardous chemicals were released from the cars. Videos of the incident did not provide enough evidence to warrant criminal trespass or disorderly conduct charges, according to Republican Attorney General Dave Yost. Click for Full Text!
More Proof the FBI Is Being Weaponized Against American Citizens
Post Date: 2023-02-14 19:38:37 by Charles_Byrd
On Thursday, former FBI agent Nicole Parker, an 11-year veteran of the agency before she quit four months ago, testified before the House Subcommittee on Weaponization of the Federal Government. Click for Full Text!
Police Accountability is a “Non-Starter” Without Discarding the Qualified Immunity Doctrine
Post Date: 2023-02-14 19:26:44 by Charles_Byrd
Some reps in Congress assert that dismantling qualified immunity (QI) a police officers so-called good faith defense to a civil rights lawsuitis a non-starter in negotiations to pass the George Floyd Civil Rights Act. In reality, meaningful police accountability is a non- starter without discarding QI. QI is a regressive framework which has turned federal civil rights lawsuits into sheer games of chance with bad odds. Under QI, the Supreme Court instructs judges to apply a two-pronged analysis, in a specific order: first to examine whether the right sought to be vindicated was clearly-established at the time, and second to examine whether the ...
An Alabama Man Was Taken to Jail. Two Weeks Later, He Was Dead From Hypothermia.
Post Date: 2023-02-14 18:36:31 by Charles_Byrd
An Alabama man was taken into custody last month following a violent altercation with police. Two weeks later, he died from hypothermia, having seemingly been placed into the jail's freezer. A lawsuit filed by the family of Anthony "Tony" Mitchell on Monday alleges that officers at a Walker County, Alabama, jail engaged in horrific abuse against the 33-year-old, eventually leading to his death. Click for Full Text!
After Tyre Nichols Killing, It's Once Again Time To Build a Bipartisan Movement for Police Reform
Post Date: 2023-02-11 01:42:46 by Charles_Byrd
A late acquaintance offered the following scenario to determine a person's fundamental attitudes. Let's say we happen upon police officers beating a suspect. We know nothing about the incident beyond what we're witnessing. Is our gut instinct outrage at the smackdownor do we figure the cops must be in the right and the suspect no doubt is getting what he deserves? As someone who generally distrusts government authority and has covered several troubling police-use-of-force incidents, you can probably guess where I'd come down. But I know people who have been victims of violent crime and seem more likely to side with the police. Typically, people tend to make snap ...
Detroit Woman Sues City After Police Officers Shot Her Dog and Left It in a Trash Can
Post Date: 2023-02-09 00:47:07 by Charles_Byrd
A Detroit woman filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city today after police shot her dog and left it in a neighbor's trash can. In a complaint filed against the city of Detroit and an individual Detroit police officer, Tiffany Lindsay says her Fourth Amendment rights were violated last September when the officer entered her enclosed backyard without a search warrant and shot her pit bull, Jack. Click for Full Text!
The Cops Who Killed Tyre Nichols Could Be Convicted of Murder and Still Get Qualified Immunity
Post Date: 2023-02-09 00:43:54 by Charles_Byrd
At his State of the Union address last night, President Joe Biden introduced the family of Tyre Nichols, who was killed in early January by Memphis Police Department (MPD) officers during a traffic stop. The footage, released several weeks later, was brutal and condemned almost universally, reigniting a stagnant debate about how to give victims of state violence some justice after their rights are violated by the government. "When police officers or departments violate the public's trust," said Biden, "we must hold them accountable." Click for Full Text!
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