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  • Watch Montana Officer Shoot Man to Death, Then Yell Orders at Him, Then Call in Medical...

    Montana officer Grant Morrison was found not culpable for shooting Richard Ramirez to death during a traffic stop last April, claiming he feared for his life because he thought Ramirez' hand was reaching for a nonexistent weapon. After much testimony from police officers about what a bad guy Ramirez was and how he was high on meth, despite video evidence (below) that provides no evidence for Morrison's assertion other than that he was aggressive and high strung and hostile, but does show him continuing to shout bullying orders after opening fire and taking nearly a minute to call for medical...
  • Denver Cops Arrest Man who Exposed them Beating Man on Video While Promoting Cop who did the Beating

    12/15/2014 7:13:59 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    Photography Is Not A Crime ^ | 12/14/2014 | Carlos Miller
    A man who video recorded Denver police repeatedly punching a man in the face, causing his head to bounce off the pavement, before tripping his pregnant wife and causing her to fall on her face – sparking an FBI investigation into the department – was arrested Thursday in what appears to be a case of retaliation. After all, Denver police not only arrested him on what they called a “newly activated traffic warrant” from a nearby county after he had just left the FBI office with whom he is cooperating on the federal investigation, they refused to allow him to...
  • Saratoga County Sheriff[New York Deputy Slaps Man For Refusing Unwarranted Search]

    11/09/2014 5:35:05 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 99 replies
    Youtube ^ | 11/07/14
    Video: New York Deputy Slaps Man For Refusing Unwarranted Search "Let me see your f*cking keys... I'm searching your f*cking car"
  • “Why did you shoot me?” Dash cam captures trooper shooting unarmed man (video)

    09/25/2014 2:56:33 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 65 replies
    Fox 6 ^ | September 25, 2014 | Fox 6
    (CNN) — One moment, a man reaches into his vehicle after a South Carolina trooper asked for his driver’s license. Seconds later, the trooper shoots him, and the man asks why. Days later, prosecutors aren’t satisfied with the answer. Authorities released dash-camera video Wednesday showing what they say is Sean Groubert, then a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper, shooting Levar Jones, who was unarmed, in the parking lot of a gas station just outside Columbia on September 4. Jones, 35, survived the shooting. But Groubert, who was fired because of the incident last week, has been charged with aggravated assault...
  • 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...
  • Horrifying moment San Diego deputy pulls a woman out of her car and down to the ground on a traffic

    06/21/2014 9:40:04 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 161 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 21, 2014 | Zoe Szathmary
    A video uploaded online shows a woman pulled to the ground, handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol vehicle after she asked a San Diego deputy to identify himself during a traffic stop. The video shows San Diego Sheriff's Department deputies walking toward Bana Mouwakeh's silver Volkswagen on October 11 of last year, 10 News reported. Mouwakeh is heard saying to Deputy Agustin Rosas Verion, 'I want your full name.' She grabs his traffic vest in order to see his ID tag. ...As I was explaining to Mouwakeh the citation, she reached out the driver's side window, grabbed...
  • WHITEHEAD: Has the Dept. of Homeland Security become America’s standing army?

    06/16/2014 4:02:13 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 57 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | June 16, 2014 | John W. Whitehead
    “A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison “Here [in New Mexico], we are moving more toward a national police force. Homeland Security is involved with a lot of little things around town. Somebody in Washington needs to call a timeout.”—Dan Klein, retired Albuquerque Police Department sergeant If the United States is a police state, then the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its national police force, with all the brutality, ineptitude and corruption such a role implies. In fact, although the DHS’ governmental bureaucracy may at times appear to be...
  • RAW VIDEO: Mother of toddler injured by stun grenade speaks out

    05/30/2014 2:06:43 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 36 replies
    WSB-TV2 Atlanta ^ | May 30, 2014 | WSB-TV2 Atlanta video
    RAW VIDEO: Mother of toddler injured by stun grenade speaks out
  • Veteran Stopped for No Front License Plate, Beat to Death by 5 Cops

    05/19/2014 4:37:00 PM PDT · by eccentric · 174 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | May 19, 2014 | Dean Garrison
    On Mother’s Day Tommy Yancy, father of two, was pulled over for not having a front license plate. What transpired beyond that point is not totally clear, but his injuries resulted in his death. Yancy, 32, was a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan. There has been almost zero media coverage of the incident. A local publication, Imperial Valley Press, offers only a sidenote about his family raising money for his memorial and this: The 32-year-old Yancy died following an altercation with law enforcement during a traffic stop May 11 in Imperial. The circumstances around the death and the traffic...
  • Tennessee police officer choked unconscious an unresisting student (photos) (edited)

    04/27/2014 3:20:40 PM PDT · by coloradan · 91 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 27 April 2014 | ALEX GREIG
    A Knoxville photographer has captured a police officer on camera using what looks like excessive and unnecessary force on a college student. The sequence of photographs show the young man complying with Knox County deputies as they lead him to a police van at the University of Tennessee, before an officer uses two hands to choke the student until he is unconscious. The young man was arrested during a wild college party celebrating after a week of finals that spilled out onto the street on Saturday night. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2614386/Tennessee-police-photographed-choking-unresisting-college-student-passes-out.html#ixzz307zEGIog Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • BREAKING: Airspace Over Bundy Ranch Now A No-Fly Zone (NOTAM Issued!)

    04/11/2014 8:04:21 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 554 replies
    FAA ^ | 4-11-2014
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  • Moment federal agents tasered son of last Nevada rancher caught on tape as critics accuse officers

    04/11/2014 12:52:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/11/14 | Dan Miller and Meghan Keneally
    A newly-released video has captured the moment a rancher's son was tasered by federal agents and the use of force has today provoked fresh outrage among libertarian groups across the country. Ammon Bundy, the son of the Nevada rancher locked in an increasingly tense land dispute with the federal government, is shown being shot with a taser and threatened by police dogs. The confrontation took place Wednesday and was caught on video by Bundy supporters and relatives who got into an aggressive- and at times violent- face off with the officers. 'Watching that video last night created a visceral reaction...
  • Was this man killed by cops because he camped in the wrong spot?

    03/23/2014 8:19:46 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/23/2014 | Robby Soave
    Questions abound after the Albuquerque Police Department released video footage of cops shooting and killing a homeless man whose alleged crime was camping in an unauthorized area. Police came upon Boyd while he was sleeping outside in the Sandia Foothills. Camping is not allowed in the area. He was instructed to accompany police down the mountain and seemed to agree to the demand. That’s when cops shot a flash grenade at him and sicked a dog on him. Boyd turned away, and was holding a knife, according to police reports. He was then shot. “Please don’t hurt me anymore,” he...
  • Cop arrives at traffic accident, shoots Air Force airman’

    03/16/2014 8:07:52 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 87 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 03/14/2014 | Robby Soave
    An Alabama police chief has determined that one of his officers used “appropriate force,” when the cop arrived at the scene of a traffic accident and immediately shot an apparently unarmed Air Force airman. The airman, 20-year-old Michael Davidson, was shot in the chest and nearly bled out before receiving medical aid, according to the Raw Story. Davidson was driving to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, North Carolina. He may have been driving erratically, according to the Ledger-Enquirer. After clipping another vehicle, he pulled over to exchange insurance information with the other driver. Eventually, Officer Phillip Hancock arrived...
  • Mass. man arrested after recording officer in street

    03/08/2014 10:39:39 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 58 replies
    WPRI TV ^ | March 6, 2014, 6:52 pm | Tim White
    FALL RIVER, MASS. (WPRI) – A Fall River man has been charged with violating the Massachusetts wiretapping statute for recording a police officer talking on his cell phone and cursing while working a street detail. George Thompson, 51, of Fall River, faces one count each of unlawful wiretap and resisting arrest stemming from the Jan. 6 incident.
  • Disabled Vietnam vet, 70, shot in the stomach by police

    02/27/2014 9:09:04 AM PST · by Teotwawki · 48 replies
    Daily Mail Online ^ | February 26, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A disabled Vietnam vet was shot in the stomach by police in South Carolina as he reached for his cane during a traffic stop...[snip...The 24-year-old deputy believed the elderly man was trying to grab a rifle from the back of his pick up truck and fired at him, with one bullet striking Mr Canipe.
  • Connecticut State Police say: "Surrender now, or we will send somebody this ugly to your door to

    02/26/2014 6:50:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 76 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 2/26/14 | Dutchman 6
    Connecticut State Police say: "Surrender now, or we will send somebody this ugly to your door to kick it in."
  • NC man reaching for cane shot in SC traffic stop

    02/26/2014 11:02:34 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 134 replies
    CLOVER, S.C. — York County deputies say an officer shot a 70-year-old man reaching for a cane during a traffic stop because he thought the man was grabbing a rifle from the bed of his pickup truck. -snip- Sheriff's office spokesman Trent Faris said Knox stopped 70-year-old Bobby Canipe (kah-NYP') of Lincolnton, N.C., for an expired license plate Tuesday evening. Investigators say Canipe got out of his pickup and reached into the truck bed for his cane and Knox fired several shots, hitting Canipe once. -snip- Faris says the shooting was unfortunate, but appeared to be appropriate because Knox felt...
  • Video Shows Officer Confronting Man Filming Arrests In Towson

    02/26/2014 9:32:11 AM PST · by rednesss · 39 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | 2/25/2014 | Meghan McCorkell
    TOWSON, Md. (WJZ)—Controversial confrontation. A man videotaped Baltimore County police as they arrested two people in Towson, but an altercation broke out between the man and officer. Now an investigation is underway. Meghan McCorkell has more from officials. County police officials say they are concerned by the video and they’ve launched an investigation. Early Sunday morning, a man videotaped as Baltimore County police arrested two people in Towson. As the video rolled, he was confronted by an officer. “I’m allowed to do this,” he told the officer. “Get it out of my face,” the officer replied. “I have my rights,”...
  • Vigilantes with a Badge: The War Against the American People

    02/26/2014 8:16:42 AM PST · by drypowder · 32 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Feb. 25, 2014 | John W. Whitehead
    To put it another way, there can be no hope for freedom unless “we the people” recognize that every time the police shoot an unarmed citizen, taser an elderly person, or beat someone senseless or crash through a homeowner’s door, they are really shooting me, tasering you, and beating senseless your children, your neighbors and your loved ones.
  • Horror: Cops tackle, beat, pepper-spray, pin, suffocate, kill innocent man

    02/26/2014 7:01:29 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 91 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/25/2014 | Robby Soave
    Disturbing video of a police incident in an Oklahoma parking lot shows a man who had committed no crime dying after being roughed up and violently restrained by four cops–all while his grief-stricken wife watched in horror. The man, 44-year-old Luis Rodriguez, died in a Moore, Oklahoma movie theater parking lot. Police were responding to a reported domestic disturbance. Rodriguez’s wife admitted to slapping the couple’s 19-year-old daughter in the face over a disagreement about the girl’s behavior. Rodriguez, however, was not involved and had not done anything wrong, according to local news reports. But when police arrived, they wanted...
  • Sept 2011: Five ft tall man with Down Syndrome beaten by Police-bulge in pants:Colostomy Bag

    02/25/2014 9:32:06 PM PST · by Altariel · 143 replies
    SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLORIDA - All Gilberto Powell, 22, a five foot tall man with Down Syndrome, wanted to do was walk a half block home from a friend's house, but this was enough time and distance for the police to intervene. Police "followed" Powell because they noticed a "bulge in his pants." He was not happy to see the cops; this was only his colostomy bag (which police ripped from his body). Powell was then beaten down in the street by police, leaving him bruised and battered from blows to the face. The beating officer insisted Powell ran, but Powell...
  • She Allegedly Went on a Simple Jog in Her Toe Shoes. So Why Did She End Up...in Handcuffs?

    02/21/2014 2:57:46 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 287 replies
    The Blaze ^ | February 21, 2014 | Dave Urbanski
    It allegedly started with her jogging in her toe shoes and sporting headphones. It ended in video of her screaming and being led away in handcuffs. What happened in between is a matter of debate, but video showing parts of the incident is certainly gaining traction online. Whatever the woman did to get the attention of Austin, Texas police, a witness’ video of cops detaining her on a city sidewalk Thursday morning then escorting her to a nearby squad car indicate she was not happy with their actions.(snip) Student Chris Quintero, who the Daily Texan reported witnessed the arrest, said...
  • HORROR! Cop instantly shoots, kills teen who answered door holding video game controller

    02/19/2014 3:37:02 PM PST · by servo1969 · 220 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2-19-2014 | Robby Soave
    A Georgia family is in shock following the death of their 17-year-old son, who was accidentally killed by a police officer who believed the video game controller he was holding was a gun, according to the family’s lawyer. Christopher Roupe of Euharlee, Georgia heard a knock at the door of the family’s home last Friday night. Upon opening the door, he was immediately shot by a female police officer. Roupe was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital. The officer broke down it tears upon realizing her mistake, according to The New York Daily News. She had been making...
  • Video: LA Sheriffs kill 80-year-old man in bed in meth raid gone bad

    02/18/2014 11:24:16 PM PST · by chessplayer · 58 replies
    How did an 80-year-old man end up shot to death in his own bed by Los Angeles County deputy sheriffs? Reason’s Zach Weissmuller takes an in-depth look at the death of Eugene Mallory, who died in a hail of bullets triggered by supposedly challenging the deputies with a gun in the hallway of his own home during a meth raid. Only Mallory didn’t get shot in the hallway — he got shot in his bedroom, and the bullets came before the deputy warned him to put his gun down. Did Mallory pick up the gun at all? And what were...
  • Botched paramilitary Police Raids

    02/08/2014 1:37:17 PM PST · by tx_eggman · 17 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | Radley Balko
    An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko.
  • Florida Woman Furious After SWAT Team Orders Her Out of Her Own Home During Standoff With Neighbor

    02/05/2014 1:28:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 63 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2/5/2014 | Elizabeth Kreft
    A Jacksonville homeowner thought she may have been robbed Sunday, but realized instead her home had been altered by a SWAT team. Deborah Franz was told to leave her home by police during a standoff with her neighbor over the weekend. According to WTEV-TV, Franz overheard loud fighting next door, and then saw SWAT team members swarm the street. “The cop goes ‘You all need to leave, you can’t be in your house,’” Franz told the station.
  • Scenes from a militarized America: Iowa family ‘terrorized’ [Video]

    02/04/2014 5:20:39 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2-4-2014 | Radley Balko
    Watch this video, taken from a police raid in Des Moines, Iowa. Send it to some people. When critics (like me) warn about the dangers of police militarization, this is what we’re talking about. You’ll see the raid team, dressed in battle-dress uniforms, helmets and face-covering balaclava hoods take down the family’s door with a battering ram. You’ll see them storm the home with ballistics shields, guns at the ready. More troubling still, you’ll see not one but two officers attempt to prevent the family from having an independent record of the raid, one by destroying a surveillance camera, another...
  • Texas -Cop shoots 72-year-old dead in his home (Wrong address, no charges)

    01/30/2014 10:55:13 AM PST · by dragnet2 · 133 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news ^ | 1/30/2014 | Ashley Collman
    Actual headline below: Would not fit in title header Rookie cop who shot 72-year-old dead in his home while investigating burglary at the WRONG address will not be charged A family devastated: Waller was shot by Fort Worth police as they searched his home for burglars in the dark using only flashlights http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2548819/Rookie-cop-NOT-charged-killing-72-year-old-accidental-search-home.html
  • Watch what Happens when a Pair of Girls Open-Carry in a Walmart

    Polioce officer is totally ignorant of the 2nd Amendment
  • 70 yr old lady slammed by 3 cops

    12/26/2013 2:58:38 PM PST · by DariusBane · 178 replies
    Liveleak.com ^ | 12/26/2013 | empirerome
    I do not own the rights to this video, the guys voice is not mine. This happened a block from me the cop is now suspended and the woman suffered a broken nose and some other facial injuries http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=aec_1388087789
  • Deputy put on leave after woman accidentally shot in drug raid

    12/16/2013 9:59:43 PM PST · by heartwood · 24 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | 12/15/2013 | Randy Ludlow and Rick Rouan
    A Ross County deputy sheriff has been placed on leave after authorities say he accidentally shot and killed a woman before a drug raid on Wednesday. Sgt. Brett McKnight was identified yesterday as the deputy whose gun went off outside a trailer that members of a drug task force were about to raid as part of a heroin bust. The bullet went through the exterior of the trailer before it struck and killed 35-year-old Krystal Barrows, according to a news release. In the release, Ross County Sheriff George Lavender’s office said that members of the U.S. 23 Task Force were...
  • 'Oh you're gonna shoot me?' The sarcastic last words of straight-A student shot dead by cop ...

    12/09/2013 10:37:20 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 175 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/08/2013 | Alex Greig
    FULL TITLE: 'Oh you're gonna shoot me?' The sarcastic last words of straight-A student shot dead by college cop after being stopped for speeding University student Cameron Redus, 23, was shot and killed by a campus police officerAccording to police, the officer tried to pull Redus over for driving erratically and speedingThe two pulled into the parking lot of Redus' apartment blockMinutes later, Redus was shot 'four to six times' by CarterRedus was a straight-A student set to graduate in MayAlamo Heights police and Texas Rangers are investigating the shootingCarter is on administrative leave during the investigation A witness says...
  • Unarmed Man Goes On Shooting Rampage

    12/06/2013 5:29:41 AM PST · by bkepley · 21 replies
    NRO ^ | 12/6/2013 | Mark Steyn
    A mentally disturbed man is wandering through traffic outside New York’s Police Authority Bus Terminal. Naturally, the NYPD open fire. They miss the guy. However, the sidewalks being full of people, they manage to hit two female pedestrians, one of them already using a walker, which comes in handy when the coppers shoot you in the leg.
  • SAPD: Officer in full uniform sexually assaults 19-year-old during traffic stop

    11/23/2013 11:31:11 AM PST · by DariusBane · 185 replies
    Kens5 Sanantonio ^ | 11/23/2013 | Andrew Delgado
    SAN ANTONIO -- Officer Jackie Neal, 40, was in full uniform, in a marked squad car and on-duty when he made a traffic stop Friday morning and sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman, according to the San Antonio Police Department. Neal was taken into custody by SAPD Special Victims' Unit detectives after police officers pulled him over on the south side around 2 a.m. Saturday, according to a statement issued by the department. Neal was arrested on a warrant for sexual assault, a second-degree felony. "This conduct is unthinkable and I'm absolutely outraged," San Antonio police chief, William McManus said in...
  • Puppycide A surprising number of dogs are shot by cops.

    11/04/2013 6:03:55 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 58 replies
    National Review ^ | November 4, 2013 4:00 AM | By Charles C. W. Cooke
    On a Sunday afternoon in October of this year, Gabrielle Stropkai’s dog was shot by a police officer investigating a burglary nearby. The dog “was walking by and went ‘ruff ruff’ — just a couple of little ruffs,” a neighbor of the Stropkais’ told local television in Boise, Idado. But “she didn’t jump at him or anything.” In response, the owner remembers, the officer “pulled his weapon, asked whose dog it was, and shot her in the back of the head.” The dog died instantly. The Stropkais are not alone in their grief. A Google search for “dog shot by...
  • Cops 'shot 13-year-old boy carrying toy rifle' only 10 SECONDS after first spotting him

    10/26/2013 1:04:01 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 316 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | , 26 October 2013 | DAVID MCCORMACK, ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTER and RYAN GORMAN
    Cops took no more than 10 seconds to fire six or seven shots into the body of dying teenager Andy Lopez after seeing him with a toy pellet gun. Mr Lopez was spotted by deputies on Tuesday afternoon in Santa Rosa, California, carrying the toy rifle, which they mistakenly thought was a real assault weapon. The time that elapsed between when officers reported the sighting to dispatch and then reported shots fired was only 10 seconds. Hundreds of local residents marched on Wednesday night to remember the popular teen and protest at the senseless shooting. They chanted 'We need justice'...
  • VIDEO: Student's window shattered during traffic stop at UCF (Florida)

    09/19/2013 4:39:57 PM PDT · by rarestia · 49 replies
    BayNews9 ^ | Thursday, September 19, 2013 | Caroline Rowland and Mike Westfall
    A University of Central Florida police officer is under investigation after video of a traffic stop surfaced, showing a student's car window shatter after he claimed she started to roll it up on his hand. The traffic stop happened Wednesday, Sept. 4 along Gemini Boulevard on the UCF campus. Video from UCF Police Officer Timothy Isaacs's lapel camera showed him pull over Victoria King for a broken brake light. King, who was 25 at the time, said the car was her mother's, and she did not have the vehicle's registration card. After Isaacs processed King's information and walked back to...
  • Chilling video shows mother of two screaming in horror as police officers...

    A video has surfaced showing Florida police officers slamming a 44-year-old woman onto the hood of a police car and then onto the ground with such force that she suffered a broken orbital bone in her face, a bloody nose and multiple other injuries. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2417076/Chilling-video-shows-mother-screaming-horror-police-officers-break-cheekbone-violent-DUI-arrest.html#ixzz2eYvCZVvP Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • How did America’s police become a military force on the streets?

    08/28/2013 10:59:26 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 17 replies
    ABA Journal ^ | 1JUL2013 | Radley Balko
    Are cops constitutional? In a 2001 article for the Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal, the legal scholar and civil liberties activist Roger Roots posed just that question. Roots, a fairly radical libertarian, believes that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t allow for police as they exist today. At the very least, he argues, police departments, powers and practices today violate the document’s spirit and intent. “Under the criminal justice model known to the framers, professional police officers were unknown,” Roots writes.
  • Beware warrior cops

    08/28/2013 3:02:44 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 24 replies
    Human Events ^ | August 21, 2013 | John Stossel
    We need police to catch murderers, thieves and con men, and so we give them special power — the power to use force on others. Sadly, today’s police use that power to invade people’s homes over accusations of trivial, nonviolent offenses — and often do it with tanks, battering rams and armor you’d expect on battlefields. In his book “Rise of the Warrior Cop,” Radley Balko recounts the rise of police SWAT teams (SWAT stands for Special Weapons And Tactics) armed with heavy military equipment. SWAT raids began as rarely used methods of dealing with violent situations, like hostage-takings. But...
  • How did America’s police become a military force on the streets?

    07/09/2013 1:42:28 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 51 replies
    ABA Journal ^ | Juy 1, 2013 | Radley Balko
    Radley Balko asks:Are cops constitutional? Radley Balko (born April 19, 1975 in Greenfield, Indiana) is an American libertarian journalist, blogger, and speaker. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radley_Balko
  • July 4th DUI Checkpoint - Encounter with Police officer - Video

    07/06/2013 9:23:21 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 85 replies
    Guy gets stopped at a DUI checkpoint: Encounter with police officer
  • UVA student jailed for possession of bottled water, ice cream

    06/29/2013 1:41:20 PM PDT · by bgill · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6-29-2013 | Eric Owens
    University of Virginia student spent a night and good part of the next day in jail after seven plain-clothes agents from the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control division ambushed her. The student, 20-year-old Elizabeth Daly, made the mistake of walking to her car with bottled water, cookie dough and ice cream in a dark supermarket parking lot near the UVA campus...
  • UPDATED: Family Questioning Deputy's Deadly Force in Costco Shooting

    06/02/2013 9:41:30 AM PDT · by Ronald_Magnus · 66 replies
    .nbcwashington.com ^ | Thursday, May 30, 2013 | Mila Mimica
    Woman Handing Out Samples at Va. Costco Shot Dead by Police After Acting Strangely
  • Redondo Beach man, shot at by police in Chris Dorner manhunt, calls Torrance officers 'reckless'

    02/11/2013 1:32:39 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ^ | February 11, 2013 | Sandy Mazza
    One of three victims in police attacks meant for fugitive Christopher Dorner is speaking out through his attorney, who calls Torrance police officers "violent and reckless" for shooting at and detaining him. After all, David Perdue is a thin white man who looks nothing like Dorner. And he was questioned and released by officers just moments before another officer slammed a patrol car into his truck and fired shots at him. Perdue left his Redondo Beach home and was driving through Torrance to the beach for some early morning surfing on Thursday when he was stopped. Officers guarding the home...
  • Police Shoot, Kill Dog When Going To A Home By Mistake

    01/15/2013 8:33:45 PM PST · by CedarDave · 46 replies
    CBS 4, Denver ^ | January 15, 2013 | CBS4, Denver
    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – An Adams County man is in shock after he says deputies shot and killed his dog. Jeff Fisher said deputies went to his house by mistake. He said when they opened the door his dog Ziggy ran outside and officers shot and killed him. Fisher said Ziggy was his best friend and can’t believe he’s gone.
  • Dash cam video shows Seattle police officer punching man in face

    01/06/2013 9:02:43 AM PST · by redreno · 38 replies
    komonews.com ^ | Jan 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM PST Last Updated: Jan 4, 2013 at 5:22 | By Joel Moreno
    Dash cam video taken by an SPD squad car shows Issac Ocak taking sharp blows to the face while other officers held back his arms. (Warning: full video contains graphic language.) Ocak says he was brutally beaten by officers in December 2010 while shopping at Seattle's Westwood Village. Once the police dash cam video surfaced, he enlisted the help of attorney James Egan. "This officer is a bully with a badge," Egan said.
  • Caught on camera: Cops kill dog (AFTER being tethered to catch pole by animal control officer)

    11/27/2012 11:34:39 AM PST · by Arthurio · 45 replies
    KSN TV ^ | November 26, 2012
    Residents of a Commerce City, Colorado neighborhood say police went too far when they shot a dog on Saturday. The moments before the dog was shot to death were recorded by a neighbor on a cell phone. When Kenny Collins called police about an unfamiliar dog loose in his neighborhood, he had no idea his neighbor was dog sitting for a relative. He had no idea it would end with the dog dead. "I called police because I saw a dog wandering loose out front," Collins said. Collins' neighbor was watching a large breed dog for her cousin who was...
  • No Charges for Officer in Submachine Gun Killing; Promised to 'Blow' Victim's 'Head Off'

    10/26/2012 2:12:33 PM PDT · by Altariel · 10 replies
    Reason ^ | October 24, 2012 | Paul Detrick
    Officer Steve Gilley of the Downey Police Department will not face charges from the Los Angeles District Attorney's office for the October 2011 submachine gun death of Michael Nida in Downey, Calif.The prosecutor who investigated the killing said that Nida ignored warnings from police, including one from Gilley who promised to "blow [Nida's] head off." From the LA Times: Prosecutor Stephanie Sparagna, however, wrote that Nida repeatedly resisted arrest and ran from police three times. He also ignored warnings from police, including one from the officer that he would "blow his head off" if Nida did not show his hands.Sparagna...