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  • Freeper ARRESTED for Asserting his RIGHTS!!!!!

    08/20/2009 7:25:12 AM PDT · by politicalmerc · 260 replies · 8,838+ views
    Vanity ^ | 8/20/09 | Political Merc
    Excuse the vanity but you guys MUST hear this. As you know if you have read any of my posts, I use to be an attorney. Well, my friendly local police department just made a HUGE MISTAKE and I can assure you they will pay for it. I post it here, not for sympathy but to show just how eroded our rights have become.
  • Mints Believed To Be Crack Land Man In Jail (for three months)

    08/19/2009 8:53:20 PM PDT · by ellery · 51 replies · 3,851+ views
    WFTV ^ | August 19, 2009
    KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- A man is suing the Kissimmee Police Department for an arrest over mints. When officers pulled Donald May over for an expired tag, they thought the mints he was chewing were crack and arrested him. May told Eyewitness News they wouldn't let him out of jail for three months until tests proved the so-called drugs were candy. May said he was just minding his business, driving home from work, when a Kissimmee police officer pulled him over near 192. "I don't know how it occurred," he said. May was pulled over for an expired tag on his...
  • Wyoming police use Taser on 76-year-old driving antique tractor in parade

    08/12/2009 1:12:32 PM PDT · by ellery · 32 replies · 2,613+ views
    GLENROCK, Wyo. - A 76-year-old Wyoming man shot with a Taser by police while driving an antique tractor in a small-town parade says it hurt but he's OK. Retired truck driver Bud Grose of Glenrock told The Associated Press in a telephone interview on Wednesday that he has a heart condition but didn't require any medical attention. Investigators say police in Glenrock used a Taser on the man after he disobeyed orders. They say the tractor may have hit a car. Two officers were placed on paid leave and state agents are investigating, but the police chief says it doesn't...
  • Store video catches cop bullying woman

    07/20/2009 6:03:46 AM PDT · by grjr21 · 121 replies · 4,567+ views
    <p>WHEN AGNES LAWLESS and three friends were inside a Lukoil convenience store in the Northeast at 3 a.m. last August, they'd all but forgotten the fender-bender in which they'd been involved moments earlier.</p> <p>There was little damage, and the other driver had left the scene, near Northeast Philadelphia Airport.</p>
  • Authorities: Cop got Breathalyzer after 4 hours (cop allowed to sober up after killing boy in DUI)

    05/26/2009 7:57:51 AM PDT · by ellery · 41 replies · 1,762+ views
    KWQC ^ | May 25, 2009
    CHICAGO (AP) - The Cook County state's attorney's office says an off-duty Chicago police officer charged in a fatal hit & run was not given a Breathalyzer test for almost four hours after his arrest. The tests showed that Officer Richard Bolling had a blood-alcohol level of 0.079. That's just under the 0.08 legal limit. A Chicago police spokesman says the department wouldn't comment on the test. The 39-year-old Bolling is charged with reckless homicide, DUI and hit & run after allegedly striking and killing a 13-year-old boy riding his bicycle on the South Side early Friday. Relatives of the...
  • L.A. police union wants San Diego newspaper writers fired

    05/23/2009 5:05:58 PM PDT · by ellery · 14 replies · 1,295+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 21, 2009 | Joel Rubin
    The union representing Los Angeles police officers is pressuring the owner of San Diego’s main newspaper to change the paper’s editorial stance on labor issues or to fire its editorial writers. The feud is rooted in the recent purchase of the San Diego Union-Tribune by Platinum Equity, a private Beverly Hills firm. Platinum relies on a $30-million investment from the pension fund of Los Angeles police officers and fire fighters, along with large sums from other public-employee pension systems around the state, to help fund its acquisitions of companies. As League President Paul M. Weber views it, that makes the...
  • Police goof in raid, city stalls on damages

    05/07/2009 8:20:47 PM PDT · by ellery · 32 replies · 2,547+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 7, 2009
    Andrew Leonard was watching television with his wife not long after returning from Ash Wednesday services when police burst through the front door of his North Baltimore home. He was handcuffed, plunked in a chair and told to keep quiet as officers rifled through the house and interrogated him for 15 minutes about drugs and a dealer he knew nothing about. As it turned out, police had the wrong house. The man they were looking for lived two doors down. Leonard, a 33-year-old chemist who has no criminal record, said he and his wife, a 29-year-old credit analyst, were frightened...
  • Grandma Arrested for Child Porn (bathtub photos of granddaughter)

    05/04/2009 4:53:16 PM PDT · by ellery · 92 replies · 6,622+ views
    Reason ^ | May 4, 2009 | Radley Balko
    Back in 2005, a WalMart worker in Pennsylvania reported 59-year-old Donna Dull to local authorities after Dull dropped off some film that included shots of her three-year-old granddaughter in and just out of the bath. Dull was arrested—roughly, she says—and charged with producing and distributing child pornography. The charges were dropped 15 months later when a Pennsylvania special prosecutor overruled the local DA. Only Dull, her attorney, and police and prosecutors have apparently seen the photos, which are now under seal. She's now suing. In this follow-up article from the York Daily Record, state officials seem to be trying to...
  • Mayor, MPD Chief Rip AG Carry Gun Memo(former Romney Sec. of Public Safety)

    04/29/2009 11:03:34 AM PDT · by ellery · 22 replies · 731+ views
    TMJ-4 ^ | April 22, 2009 | Tom Murray
    MILWAUKEE - Outdoorsman, gun enthusiast and NRA member Ben Auer believes Wisconsin Attorney General JB Van Hollen just made it easier to carry a gun in public. “He looked at our right and he confirmed it,” Auer told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. Van Hollen told prosecutors in a memo that simply carrying a firearm should not result in a disorderly conduct charge. “A number of different district attorneys from around the state requested our opinion on this issue,” Van Hollen said. “When you have people who openly believed that carrying a firearm in and of itself was disorderly conduct,...
  • Wisconsin's Top Criminal (Police Chief dismisses Constitution)

    04/28/2009 7:14:37 PM PDT · by marktwain · 38 replies · 2,593+ views
    JPFO ^ | 27 April, 2009 | Kirby Ferris
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin Chief of Police Ed Flynn is hopefully going to be out of a job soon. This is a good thing. Take a deep breath and read this excerpt from a recent Associated Press release. MADISON (AP) — Milwaukee’s police chief said today he’ll go on telling his officers to take down anyone with a firearm despite Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s finding that people can carry guns openly if they do it peacefully. Please take the time to read the entire piece (JPFO copy) This is very important information for any gun owner. Chief Flynn then goes on...
  • CALIFORNIA: Bill would legalize, tax marijuana

    02/23/2009 10:50:40 AM PST · by SmithL · 175 replies · 3,835+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/23/9 | Jim Sanders
    California may be going to pot - literally. Marijuana would be grown and sold openly to adults 21 and older under legislation introduced this morning by a San Francisco lawmaker. Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, said the cash-starved state could generate more than a billion dollars by taxing pot growers and sellers. Ammiano predicted that the public would support loosening marijuana laws that require substantial public funds to enforce. "I think there's a mentality throughout the state and the country that this isn't the highest priority," he said. "And that maybe we should start to reassess." Before California could legalize...
  • Militarizing Police Depts. With Your Bailout Money

    02/11/2009 11:57:25 AM PST · by mnehring · 100 replies · 2,912+ views
    George Orwell, call your office !If prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, then city mayors follow a very close second.  In fact, it occurs to me they may be the spiritual offspring of the aforementioned liaisons.  Whenever there is loose change or unclaimed dollar bills laying around, mayors can smell them a mile away and if a Sugar Daddy offers free cash, they never stop to question what the vigorish might be.  The urban emperors, suburban commissars, the hack and the highbrow, the Republican and Democrat, the apolitical and amoral, the exurban apparatchiks all assemble to line dance down Pennsylvania Avenue like ladies of the...
  • Police Kill Family Dog During Raid (yet another isolated incident)

    02/07/2009 3:04:18 PM PST · by ellery · 326 replies · 5,668+ views
    ABC News ^ | 2/7/09 | Jeff Hager
    "They hit the door right here and the door flew open," says Mike Hasenei, standing outside his Elkridge home. His wife, Phyllis, was watching television with her 12-year old daughter when members of the Howard County Police Tactical Team came through the door. "They had guns pointed at us. You have 25 guys coming in here all dressed in black and all that we saw were their eyes, and they're screaming 'Hands in the air!'" Members of the team were acting upon a tip that an assault rifle, magazines and hollow-point bullets stolen from a marked police car the night...
  • After lights, sirens on I-94, lots of questions

    02/04/2009 1:31:48 PM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 171 replies · 4,376+ views
    Minn-St. Paul Star Tribune ^ | 4 Feb 2009 | Randy Furst
    More than a month after Sam Salter wound up in the Ramsey County jail for two nights, the 40-year-old adjunct college instructor from Hudson, Wis., is still fuming. "You feel totally helpless," he said. At the end of a New Year's Eve traffic stop on Interstate 94 in St. Paul, State Patrol Sgt. Carrie Rindal rammed Salter's 2001 Toyota Sienna van, causing $1,500 damage to his vehicle, and arrested him at gunpoint while his three children, ages 2, 3 and 6, sat in the van. His wife had to pick up the kids as he was taken to jail. Rindal...
  • Death by SWAT

    02/06/2009 11:02:54 AM PST · by ellery · 138 replies · 3,116+ views
    Reason ^ | January 2009 | Radley Balko
    Collateral raid damage In January 2007, a SWAT team in Lima, Ohio, shot and killed Tarika Wilson, a 26-year-old mother, during a drug raid at the home of her boyfriend, Anthony Terry. When the unarmed Wilson was shot, she was kneeling on the ground, complying with police orders. She was holding her 1-year-old son, Sincere, who was also shot, losing his left hand. A subsequent investigation revealed that Officer Joseph Chavalia heard another officer shooting Terry’s two dogs, mistook the noise for hostile gunfire, panicked, and fired blindly into the room where Wilson was kneeling. Chavalia was charged with involuntary...
  • Lawyer: Transit cop may have pulled wrong gun

    01/31/2009 8:20:07 PM PST · by LuxMaker · 53 replies · 1,049+ views
    YAHOO NEWS! ^ | 31 Jan 2009 | TERRY COLLINS
    Slideshow: Oakland Train Station Shooting OAKLAND, Calif. – The transit officer who shot and killed an unarmed man may have mistakenly pulled his service pistol instead of a stun gun, his lawyer said Friday.
  • Officers accused of using home in wait for warrant

    01/31/2009 6:16:56 PM PST · by ellery · 5 replies · 440+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | January 31, 2009 | Maria Cramer
    Boston police are investigating allegations that officers who were assigned to guard the home of a homicide suspect remained inside his apartment, watching television and resting on the couch even before detectives obtained a search warrant. On Tuesday night, seven hours after Christopher Jamison, 23, allegedly shot Anthony Perry, 22, in Jamaica Plain, officers went inside his Roxbury home and ordered his mother to leave. After police looked through the apartment to be sure no one else was present, at least two officers remained inside most of the night without a warrant, said Ozell Hudson Jr., a Boston-based lawyer representing...
  • Do police have the right to confiscate your camera?

    01/26/2009 7:36:02 AM PST · by BGHater · 64 replies · 2,562+ views
    Carlos Miller ^ | 21 Jan 2009 | Carlos Miller
    Seconds after BART police officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant, police immediately began confiscating cell phones containing videos that have yet to see the light of day. In fact, the only videos that have been seen by the public were filmed by people who managed to leave the scene before police confronted them.In one instance, police chased after Karina Vargas after she stepped on the train, banging on the window after the doors closed and demanding her to turn over the camera. The train sped away with Vargas still holding her camera.Her video, which did not show the...
  • New Law Will Require Camera Phones To "Click"

    01/26/2009 2:13:08 PM PST · by dila813 · 117 replies · 2,087+ views
    Techfragments ^ | Today | Michael Horton
    A new bill is being introduced called, Camera Phone Predator Alert Act, which would require any mobile phone containing a digital camera to sound a tone whenever a photograph is taken with the camera's phone. It would also prohibit such a phone from being equipped with a means of disabling or silencing the tone. While its a good gesture, I do not believe having such a law would deter criminals from hacking their camera phones to take pictures in inappropriate ways. Also, the real criminals would not even use a camera phone but would probably use other devices such as...
  • Cop pleads guilty in beating of man in wheelchair

    01/22/2009 7:11:54 PM PST · by LuxMaker · 21 replies · 718+ views
    CHICAGO SUN-TIMES ^ | January 22, 2009 |
    A Chicago Police officer pleaded guilty today to a civil rights violation for beating a 60-year-old man who was handcuffed and shackled to a wheelchair. ">snip<"
  • DNR to hunters: Hand over your guns on demand

    01/10/2009 10:36:44 AM PST · by marktwain · 180 replies · 22,331+ views
    Lakeland Times ^ | 9 January, 2009 | Richard Moore
    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has a simple, blunt message for hunters in Wisconsin: When a DNR warden asks you to give up your legal firearm, do so, plain and simple, no matter what. What's more, that goes for all citizens, the agency has asserted. Citizens with firearms, the DNR argues, should always do exactly what law enforcement officers tell them to do, regardless of the circumstances of the situation. To which one former hunter education instructor for the department has an equally simple and blunt response: The agency's directive is unconstitutional, plain and simple, and citizens don't have...
  • Phoenix officer forbids neighbor to get cat, PD come to help

    12/30/2008 9:57:06 AM PST · by Fawn · 86 replies · 1,883+ views Phoenix ^ | 12_30_08 | Christina Booker
    PHOENIX, AZ -- Brutis the cat is back home with his owner after going through a bit of a pickle. He had been stuck in a neighbor's tree for nine days, according to the owner. And the cat's owner says a police officer may have been partly to blame. The cat got away from his owner, Michael, last Sunday at a home near 12th Street and Bell Road. When Michael finally tracked Brutis down, he was stuck in the branches, two stories in the air, on his neighbor's property. The neighbor is a Phoenix police officer. Michael had tried to get the cat...
  • Police Get The Wrong House In Galveston, Allegedly Assault 12-Year-Old Girl

    12/18/2008 8:47:12 PM PST · by Daffynition · 73 replies · 2,695+ views
    HoustonPress ^ | Wed Dec 17, 2008 | Chris Vogel
    It was a little before 8 at night when the breaker went out at Emily Milburn's home in Galveston. She was busy preparing her children for school the next day, so she asked her 12-year-old daughter, Dymond, to pop outside and turn the switch back on. As Dymond headed toward the breaker, a blue van drove up and three men jumped out rushing toward her. One of them grabbed her saying, "You're a prostitute. You're coming with me." Dymond grabbed onto a tree and started screaming, "Daddy, Daddy, Daddy." One of the men covered her mouth. Two of the men...
  • Weapons Confiscation in Wisconsin

    12/14/2008 5:02:54 PM PST · by marktwain · 122 replies · 5,222+ views
    JPFO ^ | 12 December, 2008 | NA
    Update - 12/13/08 - the trial date we hear has been postponed to a later date. If someone disagreed with you about an article or story you published and then complained to the police who came into your business and arrested you for disorderly conduct, would that incident be newsworthy? What if the police arrested you for disorderly conduct while you were exercising any other constitutionally protected right because someone did not want you to exercise your right? Would you want to tell the people of Wisconsin how fragile it is to exercise their rights? Once arrested, do you think...
  • US, Peru downed 15 planes in '90s antidrug program[CIA]

    12/13/2008 10:44:03 AM PST · by BGHater · 20 replies · 704+ views
    AP ^ | 12 Dec 2008 | PAMELA HESS
    With the help of CIA spotters,the Peruvian air force shot down 15 small civilian aircraft suspected of carrying drugs, in many cases without warning and within two to three minutes of being sighted, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee said Thursday. It is the first public disclosure of the number of planes shot down between 1995 and 2001 as part of the Airbridge Denial Program,a CIA counternarcotics effort that killed an innocent American missionary,Veronica Bowers, and her infant daughter in 2001. A State Department investigation into the incident at the time said the Peruvian fighter jets forced another...
  • SWAT Twam conducts food raid in rural Ohio

    12/07/2008 9:53:05 AM PST · by John Leland 1789 · 123 replies · 4,716+ views
    Crossroad ^ | December 4, 2008
    Swat Team conducts food raid in rural Ohio December 4, 2008 See also Community Policing, and Training an army of world servers Home "Over the past 20 years Congress has encouraged the U.S. military to supply intelligence, equipment, and training to civilian police. That encouragement has spawned a culture of paramilitarism in American law enforcement. The 1980s and 1990s have seen marked changes in the number of state and local paramilitary units, in their mission and deployment, and in their tactical armament." –Cato Institute. "We cannot continue to rely on our military in order to achieve...
  • Eric Holder Was a Gun Control Nightmare

    11/24/2008 10:48:36 AM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies · 2,525+ views ^ | November 21, 2008 | Jim Meyers
    Barack Obama’s nomination of Eric Holder for attorney general will not sit well with advocates of Second Amendment rights — Holder has consistently championed stronger gun-control measures. As deputy attorney general in the Bill Clinton administration from 1997 to 2001, Holder “was a strong supporter of restrictive gun control,” according to The Volokh Conspiracy, a Web site that focuses on the legal system and the courts. He advocated federal licensing of handgun owners, a three-day waiting period on handgun sales, rationing handgun sales to no more than one per month, banning possession of handguns and so-called "assault weapons" by anyone...
  • Undercover officers use Taser on pallbearer

    11/19/2008 12:57:40 PM PST · by fishhound · 206 replies · 3,585+ views
    BreitBart/AP ^ | 11/19/2008 | n/a
    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina sheriff's official has apologized for plunging a funeral into chaos when undercover agents tried to arrest the dead man's son—and used a Taser on him in the process. It happened as the coffin was being loaded into a hearse. The officers planned to quietly arrest pallbearer Gladwyn Taft Russ III, The Star-News of Wilmington reported Wednesday. Relatives said two deputies dressed in coats and ties grabbed Russ and kneed him in his back before Tasering him. One deputy's gun fell out of its holster. Russ' sister, Taffy Gause, said when she got out...
  • BATFE Adds Theft To Its Crimes

    10/17/2008 9:55:15 AM PDT · by SecAmndmt · 22 replies · 1,103+ views
    Gun Owners of America ^ | October 17, 2008 | Gun Owners of America
    BATFE Adds Theft to Its Crimes Friday, October 17, 2008 Coloseum Software Corporation has developed software that will help dealers record all of the information that is unconstitutionally required by the federal government -- and to keep that information in a way that insulates them from bogus prosecutions at the hands of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (aka The Gang). The document that is most often involved in "gotcha" injustices is the Form 4473 which all customers must fill out when buying from a licensed federal firearms dealer -- a requirement that is yet another unconstitutional imposition...
  • One in three recent Atlanta Police Academy graduates have criminal records

    10/12/2008 4:56:43 PM PDT · by ellery · 21 replies · 1,275+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | October 12, 2008 | TIM EBERLY
    Keovongsa Siharath was arrested in Henry County on charges he punched his stepfather. Jeffrey Churchill was charged with assault in an altercation with a woman in a mall parking lot. All three are now officers with the Atlanta Police Department. More than one-third of recent Atlanta Police Academy graduates have been arrested or cited for a crime, according to a review of their job applications. The arrests ranged from minor offenses such as shoplifting to violent charges including assault. More than one-third of the officers had been rejected by other law enforcement agencies, and more than half of the recruits...
  • N.O. drug raid ends in lawsuit

    09/30/2008 5:26:43 PM PDT · by bamahead · 11 replies · 809+ views
    N.O. Times-Picayune ^ | September 29, 2008 | Andrew Vanacore
    All officers involved were fired or quit The raid on Russell's Tire Shop had the look of a successful garden-variety drug bust. Acting on an informant's tip, police stormed the building on North Galvez Street and hauled out three suspects, a bag of heroin, a quarter-ounce of crack cocaine and more than $4,000 in cash. Police say they found the evidence in plain sight. But 11 months after the August 2002 bust, prosecutors dropped the charges. And this June, attorneys for the city offered the men accused of dealing the drugs $85,000 to settle a lawsuit that alleged the four...
  • Sheriff Lott's New Toy

    09/11/2008 10:27:19 PM PDT · by Oyarsa · 65 replies · 843+ views ^ | 9.01.2008 | Rdley Balko
    The Richland County, South Carolina Sheriff's Department (that's them above) just obtained an armored personnel carrier, complete with a belt-fed, .50-cal turreted machine gun. Sheriff Leon Lott has charmingly named the vehicle "The Peacemaker," and insists that using a caliber of ammunition that even the U.S. military is reluctant to use against human targets (it's generally reserved for use against armored vehicles) will "save lives."
  • Dem [DEN] cops cuff, stuff Christian girls

    08/29/2008 6:03:29 AM PDT · by Wings-n-Wind · 22 replies · 173+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | August 29, 2008 | Bob Unruh
    Dem cops cuff, stuff Christian girls Sidewalk chalk messages challenged Obama's moral positions ****************** Posted: August 29, 2008 12:30 am Eastern By Bob Unruh © 2008 WorldNetDaily DENVER – Two teenagers who had been given city permission to write their messages protesting Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama's support for abortion on public sidewalks during the Democratic National Convention this week were shoved to the sidewalk, cuffed and arrested for doing just that. [SNIP] "I was peacefully sidewalk chalking when I was forcefully pushed to ground by a police officer from behind," Jayne White, 17, described. "As I was being...
  • 2 cops are charged in Bronx road rage pistol-whip

    08/19/2008 6:58:34 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 19 replies · 283+ views
    Daily News ^ | Aug 19, 2008 | BY KERRY BURKE and ALISON GENDAR
    Two off-duty female cops yelled, "We are the police!" - and then pistol-whipped a Bronx man in what authorities call a case of road rage. NYPD Officers Michelle Anglin, 37, and Koleen Robinson, 24, were charged with assault, gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon for the Williamsbridge beatdown. It took 25 staples to close the gash in Marlon Smith's head, authorities said. Smith, 35, had pulled up alongside Robinson's black Suburban with his driver's side car door wide open as the two cars sat near E. 218th St. and White Plains Road at 5p.m. Friday. "Close the door,...
  • Buffalo Police batter their way into wrong house

    08/17/2008 12:46:00 PM PDT · by ellery · 181 replies · 364+ views
    Buffalo News ^ | 08/16/08 | T.J. Pignataro
    Armed with a battering ram and shotguns, Buffalo police looking for heroin broke down the door and stormed the lower apartment of a West Side family of eight. The problem is that the Wednesday evening raid should have occurred at an apartment upstairs. And, that’s only the tip of the iceberg, according to Schavon Pennyamon, who lives at the mistakenly raided apartment on Sherwood Street with her husband, Terrell, and six children. Pennyamon alleges that after wrongly breaking into her apartment, police proceeded to strike her epileptic husband in the head with the butt end of a shotgun and point...
  • Foul-talking shopper stirs up a tempest at store in La Marque

    08/14/2008 6:01:17 PM PDT · by ellery · 110 replies · 760+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Aug. 13, 2008 | PEGGY O'HARE
    Fire captain writes a ticket, tells woman to watch her mouth -snip- And now a 28-year-old single mother must go to court if she wants to fight a ticket for using profanity. On Aug. 4, as local residents prepared for deteriorating weather conditions, Kathryn "Kristi" Fridge made a last-minute stop at the Wal-Mart at FM 1764 and Interstate 45 with her mother and 2-year-old daughter. Finding the batteries shelf bare, she expressed her displeasure and disbelief to her mother. "I was like, 'Dang.' I looked at my mom and said, 'They're all ----ing gone," Fridge recalled. Suddenly, Capt. Alfred Decker,...
  • FL officer resigns after beating caught on tape

    08/12/2008 1:23:45 PM PDT · by Fundamentally Fair · 18 replies · 681+ views
    WIS 10 News ^ | Aug 12, 2008 | WIS10
    WEST PALM BEACH, FL (NBC) - A south Florida police officer has resigned and two others have been suspended after they are caught on tape hitting and kicking a handcuffed suspect. The video paints a disturbing picture. An incident back in late May involving three West Palm Beach police officers following an oxycodone robbery at a CVS. Officers Jason Zangara, Louis Schwartz, and Kirk Graham all became the target of a internal affairs report. West Palm Beach Police Chief Delsa Bush says "in this particular case having the video I chose to substantiate the charge of the use of excessive...
  • Are stun guns too deadly? Louisiana case adds to debate.

    08/12/2008 4:22:42 PM PDT · by abb · 24 replies · 429+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 12, 2008 | Patrik Jonsson
    A grand jury will decide whether to bring murder charges against a police officer. A grand jury in rural Louisiana considers Tuesday whether to bring murder charges against a Taser-wielding police officer in what may become a seminal case in the hotly debated history of stun guns. No US jury has ever convicted a police officer in connection with a death related to use of an electroshock weapon. But the number of deaths in which the guns have played a role has been growing, along with their use in law enforcement agencies. Now, the coroner in Winnfield, La., has found...
  • Police chief expresses regret over drug raid

    08/09/2008 10:50:27 AM PDT · by mdefranc · 58 replies · 206+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | August 9, 2008 | Gus G. Sentementes
    Prince George's County police Chief Melvin C. High said yesterday that a suburban Washington mayor and his wife were "innocent victims of drug traffickers"....
  • Prince George's Police Clear Mayor, Family (New Update)

    08/09/2008 5:36:06 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 90 replies · 282+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 9, 2008 | Aaron C. Davis
    Police said yesterday they have cleared Berwyn Heights Mayor Cheye Calvo and his family of any wrongdoing in connection with a package of marijuana that police intercepted en route to his home, leading to a violent raid in which deputy sheriffs killed the family's two dogs. Prince George's County Police Chief Melvin C. High delivered the news in a telephone call Thursday to Calvo, saying police and State's Attorney Glenn F. Ivey determined that Calvo and his family were innocent victims caught up in a drug-smuggling ring. High exonerated the mayor and his family and expressed regret that they were...
  • Uniontown Area explores use of Tasers in schools

    08/09/2008 12:16:22 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 17 replies · 86+ views
    Tribune-Review ^ | 8/7/08 | Mark Hofmann
    The Uniontown Area School Board, as well as concerned citizens and parents, had an opportunity Wednesday to learn about Tasers that will be proposed in the school district and share their opinions on the subject. Even before Don Homer, the director of security for the school district, could show the proposed Tasers to be used and explain how they operate, those attending a special meeting voiced opposition. One resident, Mary Hackney, a teacher at Laurel Highlands School District for 35 years, said she had to break up many fights in her years but no incident required a Taser. "This is...
  • 4 gunmen bust doors, yell ‘FBI,’ loot home (Why No-Knock Warrants need to be banned)

    08/08/2008 9:20:58 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 77 replies · 411+ views
    Arkansas Democrat Gazette ^ | 08 AUG 08 | JACOB QUINN SANDERS
    4 gunmen bust doors, yell ‘FBI,’ loot home BY JACOB QUINN SANDERS ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE Two men kicked in the front door, splintering it near the bolt-lock. Two more kicked in a side door. All four had guns. It was 3 a.m. “FBI! FBI!” the men shouted, one pulling what looked like a badge out of his shirt before stuffing it back in. “Where’s your money?” Lloyd McCuien lay facedown on the living-room floor of his Pulaski County house — off Arkansas 365 outside Maumelle and within sight of Interstate 40 — surrounded by seven family members. “It took me about...
  • Pr. George's Police Arrest 2 In Marijuana-Shipping Plot (Update)

    08/07/2008 6:39:32 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 114 replies · 275+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 7, 2008 | Rosalind S. Helderman and Aaron C. Davis
    Prince George's County police announced yesterday that they have arrested a deliveryman and another man who they say are involved in a scheme to smuggle marijuana by shipping packages addressed to unsuspecting recipients, including a delivery last week to the wife of the mayor of Berwyn Heights. The county Sheriff's Office SWAT team and narcotics officers raided the home of Mayor Cheye Calvo and his wife, Trinity Tomsic, after intercepting a package addressed to her that was filled with 32 pounds of marijuana. During the raid, officers broke down Calvo's door and fatally shot the family's two black Labrador retrievers.(snip)...
  • A Justice System in Name Only ( Compean & Ramos )

    08/07/2008 4:59:43 AM PDT · by kellynla · 13 replies · 185+ views ^ | 08/06/2008 | Lynn Woolley
    Very rarely do you see conservatives rally around convicted criminals demanding they be set free. That’s part of what makes the case of Border Patrol agents Ingacio Ramos and José Compean so special. That, along with the fact that so many people who should be behind bars are free while the two agents are in prison for essentially doing their jobs. Ramos and Compean made the mistake of shooting a Mexican drug smuggler named Osvaldo Aldrete Davila in the butt as he was trying to get away. Good for them, you might say, but U.S. Attorney and Bush-buddy Johnny Sutton...
  • Unique law lets police seize guns before a crime is committed

    08/03/2008 8:43:28 AM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 143 replies · 512+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | August 3, 2008 | Paul hughes
    HARTFORD -- Using a unique state law, police in Connecticut have disarmed dozens of gun owners based on suspicions that they might harm themselves or others. The state's gun seizure law is considered the first and only law in the country that allows the confiscation of a gun before the owner commits an act of violence. Police and state prosecutors can obtain seizure warrants based on concerns about someone's intentions. State police and 53 police departments have seized more than 1,700 guns since the law took effect in October 1999, according to a new report to the legislature. There are...
  • Minneapolis police: A mistake, an apology and then medals[Medals For Shootout w/ Home Defender]

    07/31/2008 9:50:44 AM PDT · by BGHater · 41 replies · 238+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 30 July 2008 | RODRIGO ZAMITH
    A family whose house was raided by police in error is outraged that eight officers involved were honored. Police say the eight, who also took fire, "performed bravely." First, the city apologized. Then it gave awards. Eight Minneapolis officers received medals in City Hall Monday for their valor in a botched raid that the city apologized for last year. That isn't sitting well with the family shot at multiple times by the officers. "I'm shocked that they're receiving awards for that night," said Yee Moua. "My family is a mess right now. My [9-year-old] son, who saw the shooting, still...
  • Parents question why police used stun gun on injured son (19 Times)

    08/01/2008 7:12:02 AM PDT · by TYVets · 42 replies · 116+ views
    KY3 TV News ^ | Story Published: Jul 23, 2008 at 5:55 PM CDT | by Sara Sheffield, KY3 News
    His aunt says he is undergoing major surgery for a broken back and broken heel. While he was lying on the ground, she wonders why Ozark police used an electric stun gun on him up to 19 times. “I'm not an officer, but i don't see the reason for ‘Tasering’ somebody laying there with a broken back. I don't consider that a threat,” His dad says the use of the stun gun delayed what would have been immediate surgery by two days. “The ‘Tasering’ increased his white blood cell count and caused him to have a temperature so they could...
  • Eight reasons even the innocent shouldn't talk to the police

    07/30/2008 5:21:36 PM PDT · by OnRightOnLeftCoast · 76 replies · 1,223+ views
    Disloyal Opposition ^ | July 26, 2008 | J.D. Tuccille
    In one of the more engaging, convincing and easily understood presentations I've ever seen, Prof. James Duane of the Regent University School of Law explains why even angels devoid of the slightest moral blemish should never speak to police officers, tax collectors or other law-enforcement agents investigating crimes.
  • Are Pot Users Criminals? The Tragic Case of Rachel Hoffman

    07/25/2008 8:49:03 PM PDT · by bamahead · 761 replies · 1,842+ views
    ABC News ^ | July 24, 2008 | BRIAN ROSS and VIC WALTER
    After being caught twice with a "baggie" of marijuana, 23-year old Rachel Hoffman was reportedly told by police in Tallahassee, Florida that she would go to prison for four years unless she became an undercover informant. The young woman, a recent graduate of Florida State University, was murdered during a botched sting operation two months ago. "The idea of waging a war on drugs is to protect people and here it seems like we're putting people in harm's way," said Lance Block, a lawyer hired by Rachel's parents. The Florida Attorney General's office says it is reviewing the procedures and...
  • Taser death in troubled town (tasered 9 times while handcuffed)

    07/22/2008 4:00:49 PM PDT · by Charlespg · 50 replies · 146+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 20 2008 | Howard Witt
    WINNFIELD, LA. -- At 1:28 p.m. on Jan. 17, Baron "Scooter" Pikes was a healthy 21-year-old. By 2:07 p.m., he was dead. What happened in the 39 minutes in between -- during which Pikes was handcuffed by police and shocked nine times with a Taser while reportedly pleading for mercy -- is spawning suspicions of a political cover-up in this lumber town infamous for backroom dealings.