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  • Clarence Thomas Attacks Civil Asset Forfeiture, Lower Court Follows His Lead

    06/25/2017 2:22:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    Reason ^ | Jun. 21, 2017 | Damon Root
    Asset forfeiture "has led to egregious and well-chronicled abuses."In March the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case filed by a Texas woman fighting for the return of over $200,000 in cash that the police seized from her family. Although neither Lisa Olivia Leonard nor any of her relatives were ever charged with any underlying crime connected to the cash, the state's sweeping asset forfeiture laws allowed the authorities to take the money. The Supreme Court offered no explanation when it refused to hear Leonard v. Texas. But one member of the Court did speak up in protest. In...
  • Police officer who shot Philando Castile found not guilty

    06/16/2017 1:50:59 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 63 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 6/16/17 | John Bowden
    A Minnesota police officer who was charged with manslaughter after he shot a black motorist five times during a traffic stop last year was found not guilty by a jury on Friday, according to multiple reports. Defense attorneys said Jeronimo Yanez, the 29-year-old Latino police officer, was scared for his life when he shot Philando Castile, 32, seconds after Castile informed the officer he was armed. Prosecutors insisted Yanez never saw the gun and had plenty of options other than shooting Castile, who was an elementary school cafeteria worker. The officer was also acquitted of two counts of firing a...
  • Philadelphia Officer Shoots, Kills Dirt Bike Rider During Stop

    06/09/2017 6:22:26 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 24 replies
    NBC 10 ^ | 6-9-17 | Brian X. McCrone, Aundrea Cline-Thomas and Dan Stamm
    An armed man pulled over after riding a dirt bike in North Philadelphia was shot and killed by a police officer during a confrontation Thursday evening, officials said, with surveillance video showing the officer shot the man while he was running away. "It was a very violent encounter," Police Commissioner Richard Ross said. The explosive scene evolved around 6:40 p.m. on the 4100 block of Whitaker Avenue near the southern edge of the Feltonville neighborhood when an officer transporting people to the Special Victims Unit saw the dirt bike rider driving erratically and stopped to tell the man to stop,...
  • Horrifying moment cops 'surround innocent man who just crawled from a burning car and kick him in...

    06/08/2017 6:25:41 AM PDT · by Morgana · 64 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 8, 2017 | James Wilkinson For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Horrifying moment cops 'surround innocent man who just crawled from a burning car and kick him in the HEAD' Shocking video has emerged of New Jersey cops approaching a man as he crawls from a burning vehicle and proceeding to kick him in the head and neck. The footage, filmed on Sunday in Jersey City, shows the victim engulfed in flames, dragged into the road and assaulted. And officials say that he was a bystander, not the fleeing suspect who crashed into him, nj.com reported. 'Our investigators have reviewed the video and we believe with certainty that this...
  • Jersey City looks to fire cops who kicked victim after fiery crash

    06/07/2017 5:01:02 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    The Jersey Journal ^ | June 7, 2017
    Hours after a video surfaced of police officers kicking and dragging the victim of a fiery car crash, city officials said they are looking to terminate the cops involved. The video, obtained by Univision and shared with The Jersey Journal, shows a man emerge from a burning car on Tonnelle Avenue covered in flames. The man appears to have extinguished the fire himself and is then kicked in the head and neck area by a police officer. After The Jersey Journal published the video Wednesday afternoon, the Hudson County Prosecutor's Office said it "believe(s) with certainty that this man is...
  • EMERGENCY SERVICES THOUGHT GERMAN MAN WAS JOKING WHEN HE CALLED TO SAY HIS GIRLFRIEND, 23, WAS BEING

    A major shake up is underway in Germany after police refused to take seriously a 999 call from a young man who called in to say his girlfriend was being raped yards from him. The officer who took the call did not believe the desperate man on the other end of the line, and said: 'You are not messing with me I hope?' The terrified boyfriend had been threatened with a machete when the Ghanaian refugee entered the tent he shared with his girlfriend at a campsite near Bonn and told to remain where he was.
  • Former Top Cop Executed for Murder in China

    05/29/2017 7:17:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    New Indian Express ^ | 26th May 2017
    A former regional police chief in China was executed for murder, state media said on Friday, after reports described his victim as a lover more than three decades his junior. Zhao Liping, 65, was found guilty of murder, bribery and possession of firearms and explosives by a court in Taiyuan, the capital of the northern province of Shanxi, in November. China's supreme court announced on Friday that Zhao had been executed after it approved the sentence, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
  • Hawkins: LAPD Chief Warns of Apocalypse if National Concealed Carry Passes

    05/27/2017 9:35:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 81 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/26/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck warns that national reciprocity for concealed carry will be a disaster in California. In a May 25 op-ed published by the Los Angeles Times, Beck wrote, “The mere presence of more concealed weapons on California streets would make police work here much more hazardous.” Beck did not mention, however, that police officers around the nation support gun rights over gun control and specifically support concealed carry for law-abiding citizens. On January 11, 2017, Breitbart News reported a Pew Research Center survey showing that rank-and-file police officers support protecting citizens’ gun rights over passing...
  • Seth Rich Police Chief Hobnobbed With Clinton Campaign and DNC Officials (PHOTOS)

    05/27/2017 5:39:33 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 52 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | May 21, 2017 | Patrick Howley
    The police chief who oversaw Seth Rich’s unsolved murder case has socialized and been honored alongside key Hillary Clinton advisers and even Rich’s own boss at the Democratic National Committee. Rich is widely reported to be the source of Wikileaks’ damning 2016 email release that showed the DNC colluding to hand the nomination to Clinton at the expense of Bernie Sanders. He was gunned down in D.C. 12 days before Wikileaks’ release. Former Metropolitan Police Department chief Cathy Lanier resigned from her post the month after Rich’s murder to accept a position running security for the National Football League. She...
  • 16-Year-Old Commits Suicide After School Cop Threatens Him with Child Porn Charges

    05/24/2017 1:06:36 PM PDT · by Forgotten Amendments · 257 replies
    reason.com ^ | May. 24, 2017 9:25 am | Robby Soave
    It took school and police officials just a few minutes to extinguish 16-year-old Corey Walgren's promising future. All they did was utter two words: child pornography. Corey, a junior at Naperville North High School in Naperville, Illinois, was a perfectly normal, social, good-looking 16-year-old. He was an honor roll student with dreams of attending a Big Ten college. He had typical interests for a teenager boy: hockey, fishing, and, yes, girls. Corey committed suicide in January, just hours after a school resource officer confronted him about an alleged illegal item on his cell phone—a recording of Corey having sex with...
  • ‘Iron Man’ Suit On Track, But Hurdles Remain

    05/23/2017 12:37:42 PM PDT · by billorites · 18 replies
    National Defense ^ | May 22, 2017 | Vivienne Machi
    TAMPA, Fla. — A full body armor suit designed to protect commandos knocking down doors is coming closer to reality, as Special Operations Command anticipates revealing a fully functional prototype by the end of 2018, officials said. The highly anticipated tactical assault light operator suit (TALOS), which has been in development since 2013, is intended to protect the first special operator coming through a door during a raid. It should have enough armor to thwart small arms fire or bomb blasts. It would also provide support for physically exhausting activities such as climbing multiple flights of stairs or carrying heavy...
  • Video shows deputies forcibly removing elderly woman from train station seat

    05/19/2017 5:26:14 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    CBS ^ | May 19, 2017 | cbs
    LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies are being criticized for the way they treated an elderly woman who refused to leave a reserved seating area in a train station in downtown Los Angeles. CBS Los Angeles reports sheriff's deputies forcibly removed the 76-year-old woman from her seat in Union Station. Her friend, who only wishes to be identified as Tina, captured the disturbing incident on video. In the clip, the woman is heard repeatedly saying, "You are hurting me," as two sheriff's deputies place her in handcuffs.
  • Dallas Sheriff Joins Gabby Giffords’ Gun Control Group, Comes Out Against Concealed Carry

    05/19/2017 9:29:52 AM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/18/2017 | AWR Hawkins
    Writing in The Hill, Valdez said: One of Congress’s top priorities is to allow the unrestricted concealed carry of firearms, which would undermine one state’s strong laws with another state’s weaker laws for carrying loaded, hidden guns in public. This bill would make it easier for dangerous people, like stalkers and domestic abusers, to carry hidden guns in all 50 states. Under this bill, a victim could never feel safe or escape their accuser by going to another state. This bill also directly undermines the ability of law enforcement officers to effectively do their jobs and ensure public safety.
  • NYPD cops forbidden from breaking up noisy parties

    05/10/2017 3:16:25 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 30 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 5/10/17 | Shawn Cohen and Larry Celona
    A new NYPD directive forbids cops from entering a residence in response to a noise complaint — unless they’re given permission. The directive, a copy of which has been obtained by The Post, means loud partiers can simply tell the cops who come to their door to just go away. The bizarre constraint is the result of costly, successful lawsuits against the city by homeowners who complained that cops barged onto their properties without a warrant, multiple sources told The Post.
  • Police can request ID,run background check on car passengers,Utah Supreme Court says

    05/07/2017 3:25:53 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 90 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | MAY 7, 2017 | LUKE RAMSETH
    The Utah Supreme Court has ruled police are allowed to ask for a passenger's identification and run a background check on them during a traffic stop — even without suspecting criminal activity.In a 5-0 decision this week, justices overturned a 2014 district court ruling that argued such police actions were "beyond the scope of a routine traffic stop." The ruling stems from a case involving Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Horne, who stopped a car for an improper lane change. Horne collected IDs and ran a background check on the driver and the passenger, George Matthew Martinez Jr.
  • DeKalb sheriff exposed himself, fled police, report says

    05/07/2017 6:49:59 PM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 92 replies
    AJC.com ^ | 5/7/17 | Christian Boone Mark Niesse
    DeKalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann was charged with two misdemeanors after an Atlanta police officer said the sheriff exposed himself late Saturday night and then attempted to evade arrest.According to the incident report, obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mann was observed in a part of Piedmont Park known for “sexual acts after dark.” Mann had exposed himself and was walking in the direction of a police officer, the report states. Once he got within 10 feet, the report continues, the officer turned his flashlight on Mann, identifying himself as police and commanding him to stop. Mann fled instead, leading...
  • Police Account Changes in Killing of Texas 15-Year-Old

    05/01/2017 8:59:44 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 64 replies
    NYT ^ | 5/1/17 | LIAM STACK and CHRISTINE HAUSER
    As family and friends mourned the death of a 15-year-old boy shot in the head by a police officer in a Dallas suburb over the weekend, the police chief said Monday that new evidence showed the killing did not unfold the way the authorities had originally claimed. The Police Department in Balch Springs, Tex., said Sunday that the officer, whose name has not been released, fired on a car carrying the teenager, Jordan Edwards, a freshman at Mesquite High School in Balch Springs, because the car was reversing down a street toward the officer in an “aggressive manner.” But Jonathan...
  • NYC Police Arrest Conservative Female Journalist After Antifa Thugs Beat Her With a Stick

    05/01/2017 12:56:10 PM PDT · by davikkm · 30 replies
    The New York City police arrested Brittany Venti on Monday at the Communist May Day protests after she was attacked by Antifa hoodlums. Antifa thugs hit Brittany over the head with a stick. That’s when police sprang to action… And arrested Brittany! WOW! https://twitter.com/LauraLoomer/status/859097758271029248
  • Texas police officer kills 15-year-old boy in car fleeing chaotic house party

    05/01/2017 9:27:06 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 44 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 05/01/2017 | Nicole Hensley
    A cop in Texas shot at a car full of teenagers, killing a 15-year-old passenger while investigating a raucous house party near Dallas, police said on Sunday. An officer with Balch Springs Police Department opened fire on a car backing down a street — toward additional cops — in the Dallas suburb around 11 p.m. Saturday. At least one bullet shattered the car window and fatally struck the front seat passenger. He was rushed to a nearby hospital but did not survive. Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing the victim’s family, identified the slain teen as Jordan Edwards, a straight-A freshman...
  • NYC Cops and Ex-ADA Busted on Federal Charges in NYC Gun License Probe

    04/25/2017 8:58:01 AM PDT · by glennherman · 34 replies
    NBC NY 4 ^ | 4/25/17 | Joe Valiquette
    A retired NYPD lieutenant, two retired NYPD officers and a former Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney were arrested early Tuesday by FBI agents in connection with the issuance of gun licenses by the NYPD's licensing division, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the case. The federal charges include bribery, extortion, making false statements and conspiracy, court papers say. The four men were arrested at their respective residences in Manhattan and Long Island, law enforcement sources said. Authorities allege they fast-tracked gun licenses and investigations. Read More...