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  • Baltimore Cop Murdered Day Before He Was To Testify In Case Of 8 Indicted Officers

    11/23/2017 3:22:55 PM PST · by ReformedMedia · 15 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 11-23-2017 | Tim Brown
    Just one day before he was scheduled to testify before a grand jury in a case in which eight Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force police officers had been indicted for shaking down citizens and conspiring with drug dealers, a Baltimore police officer was shot and killed with his own service weapon. Homicide detective Sean Suiter was informed by federal agents that he was not the target of an investigation, but that he would be testifying before the grand jury. However, before he could testify, he was shot and killed while performing an investigation of a triple homicide that occurred just days before...
  • Bridgeport cops tangle over letter of the law

    11/23/2017 12:28:45 PM PST · by DJ Taylor · 13 replies
    CT Post ^ | November 20, 2017 | Brian Lockhart
    BRIDGEPORT — Six letters emblazoned on the back of a jacket could be a matter of life and death for the men and women who safeguard Connecticut’s largest city. That is how Sgt. Chris Robinson feels about having “POLICE” printed on outerwear worn by Bridgeport’s Finest. Robinson was suspended with pay last week for publicly criticizing Police Chief Armando “A.J.” Perez’s Nov. 13 memorandum forbidding cops from advertising their profession on their clothing. “We are the police, are we not? Yet then why are we now attempting to disguise or even go to such measures and means to hide it...
  • Report: NYPD needs more LGBTQ interaction protocols in place

    11/22/2017 4:55:43 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2017 11:33 AM EST
    A new report says the New York Police Department has not done enough to roll out protocols that govern interactions with the LGBTQ community. […] The revisions to the Patrol Guide were done in 2012 and made changes like requiring officers to address people who are arrested by their preferred name to prohibiting strip searches to determine gender. The report says the department does not currently track all LGBTQ-related complaints alleging bias by police officers. This makes it difficult to detect violations, and assess possible bias issues against the community. …
  • Police union chief who endorsed Trump ousted in member vote

    11/22/2017 5:08:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 22, 2017 4:42 PM EST
    A Cleveland police union president criticized for having his organization endorse Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and incendiary comments about NFL player protests has been ousted. The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association is the city’s largest police union. President Steve Loomis lost Tuesday by 38 votes to former president Jeff Follmer. Most of the union’s 1,243 members voted. The head of an association representing 200 black officers tells Cleveland.com some of its members questioned Loomis’ provocative statements and his decision to endorse Trump. Black Shield Association President Lynn Hampton says black officers were dismayed to see Loomis taking stances that created negative...
  • Brooklyn College Advises NYPD To Stay Out Of Sight To Avoid Offending Students

    11/21/2017 12:31:05 PM PST · by 4Liberty · 58 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/20/2017 | Ian Miles Cheong
    Brooklyn College is advising New York City Police officers to use bathrooms out of sight from students to avoid possibly offending them. Students said the NYPD “made safe spaces not feel safe.”
  • Pennsylvania Couple Arrested After Hibiscus Plants Mistaken For Cannabis

    11/19/2017 11:48:49 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 35 replies
    civilized ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | Neil Bonner
    Take a look at the picture at the start of this article. The one on the left is good ol' cannabis, the plant we know and love. The one on the right is kenaf hibiscus, a plant which is not marijuana. Could you tell the difference? Well, a Nationwide Insurance agent couldn't - or didn't want to. What followed was an arrest and a lawsuit. On Oct. 5, the agent spotted the hibiscus plants while investigating a fallen tree on the property of Buffalo Township, PA couple Edward and Audrey Cramer. He then told police they had marijuana on their...
  • Denver city attorney’s office made $2.4 million in car seizures in 2016

    11/18/2017 3:18:46 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 20 replies
    Fox 31 KVDR Denver ^ | 13 Nov, 2017 | Rob Low
    DENVER -- The Problem Solvers have uncovered a city law that's making Denver millions of dollars before defendants have even been convicted of a crime. The Denver statute is called a Public Nuisance Abatement Ordinance and it allows police to confiscate property, usually cars, for a crime you may later be found innocent of. It's exactly what happened to 57-year-old Semere Fremichael, a native of Eritrea. The immigrant from East African has been driving a taxi in Denver for the past 28-years. In April, he was arrested in an undercover prostitution sting. An undercover female cop tapped on Fremichael's taxi...
  • In Era of Mass Murder, Second Amendment Advocate An Unlikely Hero

    11/17/2017 12:51:26 PM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    CT News Junkie ^ | 17 November, 2017 | Terry Cowgill
    Few things are more painful to me than the abuse of power, or incompetence in the execution of that power. The consequences for those affected by such malfeasance and clumsiness are so great as to demand a sense of outrage from us all. Over the last year, for example, dozens of men, including the president of the United States himself, have been credibly accused of sexual assault and sexual misconduct. And the fact that they were powerful men made the allegations really sting. That’s why I find misconduct and chicanery on the part of the law enforcement community so troubling....
  • Police mistook hibiscus plants for marijuana, arrested Buffalo Township couple, suit claims

    11/17/2017 4:18:37 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 67 replies
    Trib Live ^ | November 16, 2017 | MATTHEW MEDSGER
    A Buffalo Township couple is suing the township police and the Nationwide Insurance Co. after, their lawsuit says, hibiscus plants growing in their backyard were mistaken for marijuana plants. In a lawsuit, Edward Cramer, 69, and his wife, Audrey Cramer, 66, claim that Buffalo Township police handcuffed them both and made them sit in the back of a police car for hours last month as police ransacked their house looking for marijuana. But rather than running a pot-growing operation, the Cramers say they grow flowering hibiscus in their backyard. The Cramers were not charged. They filed a civil lawsuit Thursday...
  • Black Lives Matter PA Activist Asa Khalif Arrested

    11/15/2017 8:32:52 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 4 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | November 13, 2017 | David Chang
    Black Lives Matter Pennsylvania activist Asa Khalif was arrested Monday after he broke a window during a protest at the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office in Philadelphia. Khalif, 47, and another protester showed up at the office on S. 12th Street unannounced Monday morning and demanded answers regarding Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s open investigation of the deadly police shooting of David Jones, Shapiro's spokesperson Joe Grace told NBC10.
  • Police Body Cameras Can Threaten Civil Rights of Black and Brown People, New Report Says

    11/15/2017 6:27:59 AM PST · by Zakeet · 65 replies
    Newsweek ^ | November 14, 2017 | Josh Saul
    The number of U.S. police departments outfitting their officers with body cameras increases each year, but the cameras can pose a threat to civil rights if the departments fail to set rules that govern when officers review footage from their cameras, according to a new report. The vast majority of the nation’s biggest police departments allow officers to watch footage from body cameras whenever they want, including before they write their incident reports or make statements, said the report, which was released Tuesday by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “Unrestricted footage review places civil rights at risk...
  • Cellphone at Gunpoint: Salinas Police Incident Stirs Debate

    11/14/2017 3:15:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    KSBW ^ | http://www.ksbw.com/article/cellphone-at-gunpoint-salinas-police-incident-stirs-debate/13533997 | Amy Larson
    A cellphone video showing a Salinas Police Department officer pointing his gun at a motorist who has no criminal record spurred a debate on KSBW's Facebook page last week. It's a tense situation as driver Alfonso Vargas, 21, of Salinas, holds up his cellphone to record an officer who is giving commands. Advertisement "Let me see your hands. Drop the phone, put your hands up," the officer orders. Two Salinas police officers had their guns pointed at Vargas. He was suspected of a vehicle code violation, Vargas said. Vargas uploaded the video on KSBW's Facebook page and wrote, " I...
  • Baltimore Mayor Pugh says crime 'out of control,' orders agencies to meet with police every morning

    11/11/2017 10:43:54 AM PST · by Zakeet · 64 replies
    Baltimore Sun ^ | November 9, 2017 | Luke Broadwater and Kevin Rector
    Calling violence in Baltimore "out of control," Mayor Catherine Pugh ordered 30 agency heads to meet every morning at police headquarters, and to make crime reduction the top mission not only of police, but also of health workers, housing officials and public works crews. The mayor ordered the directors of more than half of the city’s 55 departments to report to meetings daily at 8 a.m., when they will plan with Police Commissioner Kevin Davis where weeds should be cut, lead paint covered and drug houses boarded up and job applications can be handed out, among other tasks. [Snip] "Violence...
  • Baltimore's mayor wants civilians on police trial boards

    11/08/2017 6:31:34 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 8, 2017 5:53 PM EST | Brian Witte
    Baltimore’s mayor said Wednesday she will renew a push to add two civilians to police trial boards after a board of three officers ruled that a police van driver violated no policies when a black man was fatally injured inside his van. The death of Freddie Gray in 2015 a week after he was injured during a police van ride sparked riots and reform efforts in the state capital, but police union opposition has kept civilians off such panels in Baltimore, even as civilians join police in handling complaints in other cities. ”I do think it’s fair to have citizens...
  • how to petition sheriff/police to issue statement not supporting unconstitutional laws?

    11/08/2017 9:41:01 AM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 16 replies
    self | 11/8/17 | NewJerseyJoe
    For those you have engaged in public advocacy in the past: what is the right/best way to petition the county sheriff's office or local police departments, to ask them to issue a public statement saying "We will not obey or enforce any illegal or unconstitutional laws"? Hoping that some of you have been through something similar in the past and can offer good solid advice. Thanks FReepers. PS: if your answer is "Move to another state" or "It's too late for your state" -- that's not helpful. Yes, we know the long-term solution -- but some still want to put...
  • ‘White Privilege’: ‘Ferguson' Actors Melt Down, Kicked Off Stage

    11/08/2017 7:45:47 AM PST · by sloop3 · 46 replies
    New York: There were chaotic scenes at the closing of the controversial FERGUSON play in Manhattan. The near riot situation took place at the closing night curtain, when cast member, Cedric Benjamin, who plays Michael Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson, urged the standing room audience to turn on their phones and record him as he accused the FERGUSON play of being unbalanced and biased. Benjamin’s rant was shut down by director Jerry Dixon, calling the actor “unprofessional” and ordered him to stop and told the cast the performance was over and they were "dismissed." As the argument and shouting spilled into...
  • Secret Service arrest man near White House who wanted to kill 'all white police'

    11/06/2017 4:46:33 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 6, 2017
    A man who was arrested Monday in Washington, D.C. allegedly traveled to the nation’s capital to kill “all white police” at the White House. Michael Arega, of Dallas, Texas, was arrested Monday afternoon after the Secret Service Protective Intelligence Division received an alert just before 3 p.m. from the Montgomery County Maryland Police Department to be on the lookout for Arega. He reportedly traveled from Texas to kill “all white police” at the White House, according to a statement from the U.S. Secret Service.
  • Should Schools Report Sexually Active High School Students To Law Enforcement?

    11/06/2017 9:04:42 AM PST · by LouieFisk · 31 replies
    Hot Air ^ | November 6, 2017 | Jazz Shaw
    One school district in Oregon is taking some unusual steps to combat a problem threatening the safety of students, but it’s difficult to determine precisely what problem they’re trying to solve. The teachers and administrative staff of the Salem-Keizer school district have been informed that if they learn – or even suspect – that any of their students are sexually active with others in their age/peer group they must report them to either law enforcement or “state officials.”
  • Interstate 70 closures at exit 205 in Silverthorne a ‘highly dangerous ballet’

    11/05/2017 1:11:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Vail Daily ^ | November 1, 2017 | Ben Trollinger
    In the winter, when Interstate 70 shuts down at exit 205 due to car crashes or a deluge of snow, Silverthorne police chief John Minor gives his officers the same piece of advice: “You better have your head on a swivel and your head in the game, because it’s about to get a little sporty.” For the officers and state patrollers who ride herd over the chaotic cattle drive of cars and semis during an interstate evacuation, being on high alert means the difference between life and death. “If you’re actually on the interstate staffing that closure just before the...
  • Slapped cop throws devastating punch at female football fan

    11/05/2017 10:18:05 AM PST · by conservative98 · 178 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 5, 2017 | 12:44pm
    MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Police are investigating a videotaped altercation where an apparently intoxicated University of Miami football fan slaps an officer, who then punches her in the head. [snip] She flails at one officer and misses, then slaps him in the face. He hits her in the head with his right fist, causing her to crumble in the officers’ arms as she is carried out of camera range.