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  • Report Criticizes ATF Storefront Illegal Gun Sale Stings

    09/08/2016 3:28:36 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 17 replies
    Federal agents lacked proper guidance and experience while conducting undercover sting operations in Milwaukee and several other cities that were aimed at disrupting illegal gun sales, according to a U.S. Justice Department report released Thursday. ..... Pensacola agents didn't place a team outside the store to help with potential emergencies and had no plans for dealing with people who couldn't legally possess guns but who left the store armed. The store also was burglarized once; the report said agents didn't install an alarm. In St. Louis, agents set up their storefront 600 feet from a Boys and Girls Club. Most...
  • ATF Reclassifies Wetted Nitrocellulose as Explosive Materials Under Federal Laws

    08/30/2016 4:57:36 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 40 replies
    Washington, DC -(AmmoLand.com)- In an Explosives Industry Newsletter issued in June 2016, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (“ATF”) reclassified wetted nitrocellulose containing greater than 12.6 percent nitrogen as a high explosive under the federal explosives laws.
  • 6 Reasons I Tell My Kids Not to Talk to Police(Uh, WHAT?)

    01/24/2016 6:46:26 AM PST · by rktman · 75 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 1/22/2016 | Megan Fox
    Let me say up front that I know this will be unpopular. But I can't help the uneasiness that I feel toward law enforcement lately...and I have some good reasons. Gone are the days of Officer Friendly, the neighborhood cop who knows everyone and is looking out for the community's best interest. It seems that lately, police officers end up terrorizing those they are supposed to be serving and protecting. Clearly, not all police are acting this way, but it sure seems the police state is ramping up. I have a high respect for police officers who respect the law....
  • Calling Police 'Pigs' Lands Teen in Jail

    08/18/2015 10:05:31 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | 8/17 | Steve Nelson
    Legal experts say he made a big mistake.A Tennessee teenager allegedly squealed “pigs!” at police officers Friday and wound up being the one confined to a pen. The First Amendment generally protects such insults but the pig-caller made a critical error, legal experts say. William Reece, 19, was riding in a Honda Accord traveling at most 40 miles per hour when he cracked a rear passenger door and yelled the insult at officers performing a traffic stop, according to a police report. The unamused patrolmen with the Newport Police Department caught up with the car and arrested Reece for disorderly...
  • Freddie Gray's Previous Attempt To Injure Himself In Previous Arrest Withheld From Defense

    07/31/2015 8:57:29 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 25 replies
    http://www.baltimoresun.com ^ | 7/31/2015 | Kevin Rector and Alison Knezevich
    Prosecutors have information indicating that Freddie Gray "attempted to injure himself" during a previous arrest, but have intentionally withheld it from their criminal case against the six Baltimore police officers charged in Gray's apprehension and death in April, the officers' attorneys said in a court filing Thursday.. "Based upon information and belief, the State's Attorney's Office was informed of this fact, yet failed to disclose to the Defendants any statements, reports, or other communications relating to this information," they wrote. Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore man with a history of arrests, died in April after suffering a severe spinal cord injury...
  • EPA boss threatens to come knocking on doors

    06/11/2015 12:13:39 PM PDT · by PROCON · 51 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | June 11, 2015 | Daniel Chaitin
    Next time there is a knock at the front door, it just might be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency waiting to deliver a message. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy dealt a warning Wednesday to Americans who do not place environmental stewardship above everything else. "If you are selling to somebody a product, and you can assure them that that product was produced in the most environmentally responsible way, I will guarantee you that they will value that product more highly," McCarthy said at the 2015 GreenGov symposium at George Washington University in Washington. "I can guarantee you because if...
  • Owner of house blown apart by SWAT says: 'This is an abomination. This is an atrocity'

    06/05/2015 8:02:12 PM PDT · by ican'tbelieveit · 127 replies
    The Denver Channel ^ | Phil Tenser, Anne Trujillo, Alan Stedman
    GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - "There was one gunman with a handgun and they chose to turn this house into something that resembles Osama Bin Laden's compound." Leo Lech is more than a little upset, and he is not afraid to express it with colorful language. After all, the house he purchased for his son now has gaping holes where it once had walls and windows. Past the exposed studs and insulation of the condemned structure, you can see artwork on the wall of a 9-year-old boy's bedroom. "In any civilized nation ... this is the act of paramilitary thugs," he...
  • Cop investigating burglary report kills dog at wrong address

    04/30/2015 8:18:30 AM PDT · by ChildOfThe60s · 49 replies
    AP ^ | Apr 30, 9:45 AM EDT | Staff
    A police officer investigating a report of a burglary in northern New Jersey went to the wrong address and killed a dog that lunged at him. Wyckoff police received a report of a possible break-in at 621 Lawlins Road on Wednesday. Police Chief Benjamin Fox tells The Record ( http://bit.ly/1bYaZVi ) newspaper that Officer Kyle Ferreira went to 622 Lawlins by mistake.
  • The police problem is actually a progressive problem

    04/24/2015 1:23:17 PM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 19 replies
    Renew America ^ | April 24, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who guards the guardians?) – Juvenal Honest observers in this country have to admit that we have a police problem that is increasingly growing more serious. While some of the stories that have come out about police brutality and police overreach have clearly been invented or exaggerated by the Left for the purposes of inflaming racial tensions and undermining American civic stability, there are nevertheless a large number of incidents in recent years which cannot simply be wishcast away. The warrantless, no-knock, early morning, heavily-armed SWAT raid for even the most minor of things is becoming...
  • Texas Officer Slams Allegedly Drunk Woman To The Ground, Knocking Her Out

    04/24/2015 3:07:32 AM PDT · by raybbr · 68 replies
    Huffingtonpost ^ | 4/23/2015 | Andy Campbell
    A Texas police officer was following protocol Tuesday when he was caught on video throwing a drunk woman to the ground, knocking her unconscious, his police chief said. On cell phone video, a witness captured Round Rock Officer Ben Johnson slamming the woman to the ground in front of her 6-year-old daughter in a strip mall parking lot. Viviana Keith, who was allegedly resisting arrest, hit her head on the pavement and was knocked out, KVUE reported Thursday. Keith's mother and some witnesses to the incident have accused Johnson of using excessive force. But according to KVUE, Round Rock Police...
  • Officer charged with murder after shooting man in back:

    04/08/2015 6:11:22 AM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 144 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 4/8 | Holly Yan and Dana Ford
    The video is so damning that authorities promptly charged a South Carolina officer with murder. In the footage, an African-American man, apparently unarmed, is seen running away from the officer. He gets several yards away before the officer aims his gun toward his back. Eight shots later, the man falls to the ground. By that point, he appears to be at least 25 feet from the officer.
  • NO-KNOCK POLICE RAID ENDS IN BLAZING TRAGEDY

    02/11/2015 10:14:11 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 57 replies
    WND.com ^ | February 11, 2015 | Leo Hohman
    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...
  • 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...
  • There Are some Bad Cops, but the Real Problem Is Bad Laws

    01/09/2015 9:54:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2015 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    It’s probably not a fun time to be a police officer. The deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York have led some – including the Mayor of New York City – to explicitly or implicitly accuse cops of systemic racism.And then you have folks like me, who grouse about cops for reprehensible abuse of citizens as part of the drug war, as well as disgusting examples of theft using civil asset forfeiture.Heck, any decent person should get upset about some of the ways law enforcement officials abuse their powers. Consider these excerpts from a nightmarish story...
  • Attorney: Hooks shot in the back and head during raid

    12/11/2014 10:49:16 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 58 replies
    David Hooks was shot in the back and head as he was lying face down on the floor during a drug raid by Laurens County deputies. That's according to the lawyer representing his family. It's been nearly four months since David Hooks was shot to death during a drug raid at his East Dublin home. 13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo spoke to his wife, Teresa Hooks and the family's lawyer, Mitchell Shook. Hooks died Sept. 24 while deputies served a search warrant at his home. They were looking for drugs, but didn't find any.
  • Charges Dropped For Cop Who Fatally Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old Girl

    12/01/2014 2:45:14 PM PST · by Raymann · 122 replies
    Counter Current News ^ | November 30, 2014 | Moreh B.D.K.
    The shooting happened just after midnight, back on May 16, 2010. A SWAT team had conducted a raid to search for a murder suspect. Weekly ended up being first through the door. There was even a film crew on hand to film for a reality show about murder investigations. Weekley says that another SWAT member had thrown a flash-bang grenade, which temporarily blinded him. That’s when he fired the shot that killed Aiyana who was asleep on the couch in the front room of the house. Doubling down on this claim, in court he actually testified that Aiyana’s grandmother had...
  • Victoria police chief apologizes for ticket at soldier’s funeral

    11/22/2014 5:50:13 AM PST · by Don W · 31 replies
    Victoria Daily Times-Colonist ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | Jeff Bell
    Victoria Police Chief Frank Elsner wants to meet with the Integrated Road Safety Unit after a ticket issued by one of its members led to a storm of reaction on social media and in the community. Debbi Ferguson, a military veteran of 20 years, was pulled over by an IRSU officer as she and a number of other drivers accompanied the body of Pte. Steven Allen from Victoria International Airport to a funeral home on Remembrance Day. Allen, a 20-year-old Victoria High School graduate, died Nov. 3 in a training exercise in Wainwright, Alta. The traffic officer, a member of...
  • Prosecutors plan to throw out indictments

    11/06/2014 10:55:13 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    wbstv 2 / AP ^ | 11-6-2014 | PETE YOST
    Federal prosecutors plan to dismiss charges against 28 defendants in drug cases because an FBI agent may have been involved in tampering with evidence including firearms and narcotics. The FBI is in the process of investigating the alleged misconduct, according to court papers in the matter. At a court hearing Thursday for four of the defendants, a federal judge said he will review the government's plan to dismiss the cases without prejudice, which leaves the door open for the government to refile charges at a later date. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia says it is conducting...
  • Public jumps to help man mistaken for Frein

    10/23/2014 3:53:16 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 29 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | October 22, 2014 | Beth Brelje
    James Tully, of Candensis, does not own a car and walks to work through the search area. He has been stopped and questioned by authorities numerous times, eventually being forced to the ground at gunpoint. The man who has been stopped by police numerous times while walking to work through the manhunt search area has been overwhelmed by the public's response, according to his mother, Linda Waddington Tully. There have been offers of vehicles, a fundraiser, and lots of media attention. James Tully, 39, lives off Snow Hill Road in Canadensis, which has been a key area in the search...
  • Canadensis man targeted repeatedly as Frein suspect

    10/21/2014 1:47:36 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 105 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | 10-20-2014 | Beth Brelje
    James Tully of Canadensis, who has to walk to work in the heart of the Eric Frein search area, has been stopped by police more than 20 times, including an encounter Friday night when he says he was roughed by an officer. Police searching for Eric Frein have questioned James Tully so many times that he started carrying his driver’s license and work identification on a neck lanyard to prove his identity. But that wasn’t enough to keep him from being forced to the ground by gunpoint Friday on Route 447, and being held there, face down in the gravel,...
  • One Cop’s View On Video Cameras [VIDEO]

    10/21/2014 7:35:20 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 10-20-2014 | Deputy Matt
    Video cameras? Yes please! Give me one. Maybe two or three. I am absolutely a HUGE proponent of law enforcement using in-car and body mounted cameras. Some ask why I feel so strongly about the subject, and to them I offer the following personal anecdote. I have personally benefited greatly from the video obtained by a digital video camera, the in-car camera system in my patrol car. A number of years ago, I was involved in an incident where, as I arrived at the scene of a call, I came under fire by a suspect armed with a rifle. I...
  • Okra in garden mistaken for marijuana, leads to police raid in Georgia

    10/06/2014 1:32:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 69 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 06, 2014
    A Georgia man says drug suppression officers mistook his okra plants for marijuana.
  • Man killed by cops after car thief alleges meth find

    10/05/2014 1:25:00 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 173 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 03 Oct 14 | George Mathis
    A Georgia man was killed by police executing a search warrant obtained after a car thief told police he stole methamphetamine from the dead man’s vehicle, media reports say. ...snip... The homeowner, David Hooks, a 59-year-old grandfather and businessman, reported the missing SUV....snip... An hour after getting the search warrant, Shook said David Hooks’ wife saw camouflaged men in her yard with guns and told her husband. David Hooks’ final act was to arm himself with a shotgun....snip... Police searched the home for 44 hours and found no drugs.
  • Georgia Drug Warriors Raid Okra Grower, Looking for Marijuana

    10/03/2014 2:40:47 PM PDT · by bamahead · 72 replies
    Reason ^ | October 3, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    This is marijuana: This is okra: Basically the same, right? If you agree, you may have a bright future as a Georgia drug warrior. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that heavily armed Broward County deputies, accompanied by a helicopter and a K-9 unit, showed up at the home of retiree Dwayne Perry in Cartersville on Wednesday after someone spotted his okra plants from the air. "They were strapped to the gills," Perry told the paper. "Anything could have happened." Fortunately, no humans or dogs were killed. Georgia State Patrol Capt. Kermit Stokes, whose agency is in charge of the anti-pot task...
  • SWAT Teams Raid Barber Shops Over Permits

    09/23/2014 3:55:26 PM PDT · by fuente · 32 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | September 22, 2014 | Philip Hodges
    I think the whole idea of getting a barber shop a “proper” government permit in order to be allowed to cut someone’s hair for money is absolutely ridiculous. It used to be that an inspector from some local government bureaucracy would walk in and inspect a place of business to check on permits and such. Now, they send in a small army, tell customers to leave, shut the place down indefinitely, handcuff the employees, and search the place. Upon finding out that the business does have the proper licensing, and that there is no evidence of criminal activity, they let...
  • Federal court rules police raid of barber shop excessive, unreasonable

    09/23/2014 3:32:41 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 13 replies
    A panel of judges chastised Florida sheriffs for a routine inspection of a barbershop that included masked officers, handcuffs, and illegal search as being a violation of the Constitution. The three-judge panel held that deputes of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office violated the civil rights of those inside an Orlando barber shop during a warrantless raid of the business conducted in 2010. The court maintained that the deputies violated the barber’s Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures as they served as the “muscle” for a routine inspection of the business by the Florida Department of...
  • ‘Django Unchained’ Actress Has Sex In Public – Cries Racism When Cops Ask Her To Stop (Video)

    09/16/2014 4:38:26 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 60 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9-15-2014 | Mara Zebest
    "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts cried out as a victim of racism this week after she was caught having sex in public. The usual Liberal media bought her story attacking the police as racists. Daniele Watts claimed she had been profiled (by police) for "kissing" her white boyfriend.THERE'S ONLY ONE PROBLEM... The facts of Daniele Watts' story don't add up.The police didn't approach Daniele because she was "kissing" her boyfriend. The police were responding to multiple complaints from locals that Daniele was having lewd sex in broad daylight for everyone to see in a car — with the car door...
  • Orlando police shopping for new $230,000 armored vehicle (At least their fifth one)

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

    08/28/2014 2:43:35 PM PDT · by HammerT · 42 replies
    Engadget ^ | 8/28/2014 | Steve Dent
    A Littleton, Colorado, man named Jordan Mathewson was raided by a heavily armed SWAT team thanks to a false shooting and hostage report, and all the chaos was captured on a Twitch game stream (see below). During a Counter-Strike session, Jordan "Kootra" Mathewson -- a founder of The Creatures -- suddenly noticed things around him were amiss. "Uh oh. This isn't good. They're clearing rooms. What in the world, I think we're getting swatted," he says in the video. Luckily, Mathewson stayed calm throughout the ordeal and was released a short time later. On top of invading his offices, police...
  • Court to Police: No Immunity Just Because You're Cops

    08/27/2014 6:24:08 AM PDT · by bamahead · 40 replies
    Reason ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jackson Kuhl
    On a Sunday afternoon in 2008, a tactical police team raided the Easton, Connecticut house of Ronald Terebesi searching for a small amount of personal drugs. While by day's end the police discovered drug paraphernalia and 0.02 ounces of a substance believed to be crack cocaine, an officer also killed Terebesi's unarmed guest, Gonzalo Guizan (pictured), by discharging his Glock sidearm six times until the weapon finally jammed. Guizan's estate and Terebesi filed civil suits against the officers in the raid, although the estate later settled out of court for $3.5 million. The tactical team—called SWERT for Southwest Regional Emergency...
  • The Literal War on Drugs

    08/27/2014 5:57:15 AM PDT · by bamahead · 10 replies
    Reason ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    The promiscuous use of SWAT teams is a bigger menace than armored vehicles on our streets. Contrary to what you may have heard, the armored vehicles that appeared on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, during the unrest that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown did not come from the Pentagon. "Most of the stuff you are seeing in video coming out of Ferguson is not military," Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Defense Department's press secretary, told reporters last week. "The military is not the only source of tactical gear in this country." In other words: Don't blame the military...
  • Cop Hits Man in the Head 20 Times as Onlookers Plead 'Don't Punch Him No More'

    08/25/2014 6:40:07 PM PDT · by bamahead · 135 replies
    Reason ^ | August 25, 2014 | Robby Soave
    Once the cops have pinned a non-violent suspect to the ground, how many times are they allowed to punch him in the head? Is it fewer than 20? I would say so, but I'm not a Greenville County, South Carolina, deputy. Greenville officers approached a man at a Walmart parking lot on Saturday. The man appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and didn't respond to police questions or instructions. Eventually, the officers followed the man inside the store, where they attempted to detain him. The deputies claim the man resisted, though video footage of the incident...
  • Georgia County Won't Pay Medical Bills for Toddler injured in drug raid (shortened)

    08/19/2014 3:11:59 PM PDT · by Little Ray · 23 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | Aug. 19, 2014 9:14 am | Ed Krayewski
    Politicians like Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) who have supported the militarization of police but have found it politically unfeasible to do so now have been looking for a way to square their support with a little bit of politically-motivated outrage. Clay, whose district includes Ferguson, the town that helped catapult the issue of police militarization into the national news cycle, defended his vote, saying he only disapproved of the use of such police forces for crowd control in his district. But while their presence at protests may be the most prominent manifestation of militarized police, the problem is endemic. Perhaps...
  • County settles suit with family of David "Deacon" Turner

    08/19/2014 9:56:52 AM PDT · by Mr170IQ · 14 replies
    The County has quietly settled a wrongful death suit stemming from one of Kern's most controversial officer-involved shootings. Los Angeles Attorney Gerson Horn said the county will pay $1.8 million to the family of David "Deacon" Turner, the former professional football player shot to death by sheriff's deputies in July 2011. ... In March, there was a hung jury in the wrongful death civil lawsuit.
  • Vanity: Florida cop tosses quadrapelgic on floor [Flashback: 2008]

    08/17/2014 6:53:55 PM PDT · by piytar · 43 replies
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  • Breaking Videos From Ferguson: Protesters Break Curfew- Clash With Police – Tear Gas – Shots Fired

    08/16/2014 11:15:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 17, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    At least 150-300 protesters broke curfew tonight and are on the street in Ferguson. Rain is helping to clear out people. Most activity happening around the QT now. (Antonio French) The protesters are “ready to die” tonight. Antonio French ✔ @AntonioFrench Too many young men talking about they're ready to die tonight. #Ferguson 12:39 AM - 17 Aug 2014 1,368 Retweets 344 favorites “No Justice! No Curfew!… We grown!” Via St. Louis photographer Kenny Bahr on the scene. (Warning on Language)(VIDEO-At_LINK) UPDATE: Kenny just sent this from Ferguson. Protesters Clash With Police— (VIDEO-AT-LINK) You can watch a live feed from...
  • Tiny Georgia police department posts terrifying SWAT video

    08/13/2014 3:30:40 PM PDT · by bamahead · 120 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 13, 2014 | Radley Balko
    The continuing crisis in Ferguson, Mo., has everyone talking about police militarization again. So while we’re on the topic, have a look at the horrifying video above from Doraville, Ga. The video depicts a SWAT training operation for a downed officer. At least as of this writing, the video was posted on the front page of the Doraville Police Department Web site. The audio and effects were added by a YouTube user who goes by Patriotsix6. He uploaded the video in 2009. The images at the beginning and end are from The Punisher, the fictional character described by Wikipedia as...
  • Swat Team Raids Innocent Woman's Home; Lawsuit Filed

    08/13/2014 8:28:01 AM PDT · by Dacula · 95 replies
    An elderly woman's home was raided by police after she was suspected of making anonymous online threats against the Evansville police department and Chief Billy Bolin. The 68-year-old woman, Louise Milan was in the house with her 18 year old adopted daughter when police shattered a glass door and burst in after throwing flash grenades inside. Police came up empty-handed in the search for evidence about who had made the threatening posts but only after damaging Louise Milan’s house, handcuffing her and her adopted daughter and seizing their computers, according to a lawsuit that has been filed against the city...
  • Family pet shot in the head by plainclothes cops searching at wrong address

    08/07/2014 3:07:14 PM PDT · by Altariel · 87 replies
    Police State USA ^ | August 6, 2014 | Site Staff
    ERIE COUNTY, NY — (EXCLUSIVE) — A family was traumatized when gun-wielding police officers walked onto their quiet property and shot their dog in the head while looking for a man who did not live there. Megan Shimburski, 25, was spending a quiet afternoon with her children at her parents’ countryside East Concord residence on July 25, 2014. It was a normal day, she said, which involved watching her 5-year-old daughter play behind the house with their dog, as her infant son lied in a playpen inside the house. Ms. Shimburski’s parents, John Shimburski and Martha Spaulding, were not at...
  • From the Mouths of Thugs: 'Obama ... doesn't follow the Constitution (so) we don't have to.'

    08/07/2014 2:22:15 PM PDT · by bamahead · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | August 7, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    Role models are so important, don't you think? They model behavior for us so that we know how to conduct ourselves on our twisty, winding path through life. So when Special Police Officer Richard Recine of the Borough of Helmetta, New Jersey, see President Obama decimate the friggin' constitution, he knows it's time to do some decimating of his own. Writes Sergio Bichao of the Home News Tribune: A New Jersey police officer was caught on camera telling a resident that police don't have to follow the Constitution because President Obama doesn't, either. Special Police Officer Richard Recine, of the...
  • Meet a Town That's Had Enough of Militarized Policing

    08/05/2014 3:25:31 PM PDT · by bamahead · 56 replies
    Reason ^ | Aug. 5, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    <p>Barry Township, Michigan, with a population of about 4,000, has four full-time police officers, four part-time officers, two Humvees, two armored personnel carriers (free, courtesy of the Defense Department's 1033 program)—and, until recently, about three dozen unpaid but armed and empowered reserve police officers patrolling the streets. All those cops need to find something to do with themselves, and many of the people of Barry Township are more than a bit bent out of shape that they've been on the receiving end of that something.</p>
  • Police Chokehold Killed Eric Garner, Medical Examiner Rules

    08/01/2014 9:43:30 PM PDT · by bamahead · 121 replies
    WABC-TV NYC ^ | August 01, 2014 | Josh Einiger
    TOTTENVILLE (WABC) -- The New York Medical Examiner has ruled Eric Garner died from a chokehold used by a police officer during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month, calling it a homicide. The autopsy found that Garner, 43, died as a result of compression of neck, compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police. Mayor Bill de Blasio released the following statement. "On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Eric Garner ... My administration will continue to work with all involved authorities, including the Richmond County...
  • San Antonio police mistake photographer for fleeing drug suspect, beat him silly

    07/29/2014 3:29:41 PM PDT · by bamahead · 142 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 29, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Ah, another glorious moment in America’s drug war. Three San Antonio Police officers are being investigated for possibly using excessive force, after a May 20 incident in west San Antonio left a man with injuries to his face, skull and neck. Roger Carlos was in the 10600 block of Westover Hills Boulevard taking photos of a building that will soon be home to his wife’s medical practice, when he was approached by three officers around 2:30 p.m. The officers were identified as an undercover drug task force officer and two SAPD SWAT members. According to an SAPD incident report released...
  • Cop Arrests Man, Forced Him to Leave Family Pet on the Side of the Freeway to Die

    07/29/2014 1:13:45 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 258 replies
    On July 13, Josie Garcia’s husband was pulled over by Houston PD for failure to use a turn signal. The routine traffic stop lead to a search and prescription drugs belonging to the passenger were found. Both men were subsequently arrested and the SUV was impounded. Charges against her husband were dropped days later. Unfortunately, Garcia’s 14 year old chihuahua, Guero, was along for the ride. As the men were being taken into custody and the SUV towed, Guero was removed from the vehicle and left on the side of Highway 59. Garcia’s husband plead with the officer to let...
  • Internal documents show that Utah police did little investigation before fatal drug raid

    07/23/2014 7:48:46 AM PDT · by DarkSavant · 31 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Teenage girl says Clairton police beat her after curfew violation

    07/17/2014 10:05:28 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 64 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...
  • Federal magistrate wants drug case dismissed, cites outrageous government conduct

    07/17/2014 5:44:20 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 17 july 2014 | JEFF GERMAN
    A federal magistrate has recommended dismissal of felony drug trafficking charges against a former officer of the Vagos motorcycle gang because of outrageous government conduct by the lead undercover agent in the case. In a rare decision late Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach criticized Agostino Brancato, a deputized agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, for manufacturing the cocaine case against Jeremy Halgat, though Halgat had no criminal record and repeatedly told the agent in secretly recorded conversations that he did not want to traffic in drugs. “The problem is that the government’s investigation deployed...
  • 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...