Caught On Camera: Preacher Cited by Officer Because It's "Illegal to Offend People"
TheRebelFeb 11

A preacher was cited by the Austin police department at the The University of Texas for 'offending people'.

The police department reportedly received a complaint that the preacher had 'offended' someone by speaking out against STDs and sex.

In the video you can see an officer tell the preacher that offending people is illegal.

According to The Daily Caller, The preacher was an intern with Campus Ministry USA,
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Drug Dogs Don't Even Have to Be Right Half The Time to Be Considered 'Reliable' by The Courts
TechdirtFeb 11
All in all, this motion to suppress evidence worked out for the plaintiff, but it does little to address concerns that drug dogs are basically blank permission slips for inquisitive cops.

The defendant -- Emile Martin -- was in a vehicle driven by another person (simply referred to as "Montgomer
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Oregon Standoff Ends With Last Occupier Surrendering
RTFeb 11
The last four remaining activists occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon hinterlands have surrendered, ending the 41-day standoff with local and federal authorities. One of them held out for two hours, rambling on the internet before surrendering.

David Fry of Ohio, Jeff Banta of Nevada, and Sean and Sandy Anderson of Idaho have insisted they would only surrender if the government did not press charges.

Negotiations over their surrender to the federal age
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Ticketing For Profit So Rampant, State Lawmakers Forced to Take Action -- Cops Are Furious
The Free Thought ProjectFeb 11
Mantua, UT — The Mayor and Police Chief of a minuscule Utah town is infuriated by a bill that would shut down his lucrative speed trap.

In response to accumulating complaints by residents of the town, State Senator Lyle Hillyard has introduced SB 100, a bill that would res
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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories
StopTheDrugWar.orgFeb 11
It's jail and prison guards gone wild this week! Most did their misdeeds for profit, but at least one did hers for love. Let's get to it:

In New York City, a Rikers Island jail guard was arrested Sunday on charges she smuggled marijuana in to an inmate and had sex with him. Guard Nicole Bartley, 30, went down when a drug-sniffing dog station
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Former Texas Prosecutor Disbarred For Sending Innocent Man to Death Row
ReutersFeb 10


NYPD Cop Who Retired With Knee Injury, $66G Pension Regularly Runs Triathlons
NY Daily NewsFeb 10
Add a runner who recently competed in an Escape from Alcatraz triathlon to the rogues gallery of NYPD cops who retired on a taxpayer-funded disability pension.

Rachel Niccoll, who spent 13 years on the force before retiring in 2009, receives the generous pension package that pays her $66,083 a year, plus benefits — and also regularly runs races in New York, records show.

A letter to the Daily News signed “concerned citizen” said Niccoll, 44, suffered a knee injury
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New 'Traffic Violations Agency' Brings Buffalo Extortion Racket to All Time High
Police State DailyFeb 09
After Buffalo, New York created its new "traffic violations agency" on July 1 of last year, the city has seen a substantial boon to its extortion racket. With the help of new software, ticketed drivers are now receiving an average of three citations per stop and the city has already moved to suspend the licenses of 4,400 drivers, an official said.

In the last six months of 2015, officers wrote 30,000 tickets, almost 10,000 more than during the same period in 2014. This means
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Illinois: Cops Lose Case After Hiding Video Evidence
TheNewspaperFeb 09
A motorist accused of drunk driving walked away after cops in Chicago, Illinois refused to hand over video evidence of the incident. In a ruling last month, the Illinois Appellate Court said Richard Moravec was entitled not just to any dashcam videos of his arrest, but also relevant footage from the city's network of surveillance devices known as "police observational devices" or POD cameras.

In 2003, the Windy City installed remote-controlled cameras that could rotate 360 degrees
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Government Agents Hunt Woman Down After Seeing Facebook Picture Of Her Rehabilitating Baby Squirrels
InformationLiberationFeb 08
A New Jersey mom was given a $500 ticket and is facing a possible 6 months in jail for helping rehabilitate two baby squirrels.

From WPVI:
HOWELL, N.J. (WPVI) - An animal lover from New Jersey is speaking out against charges she's facing for taking care of baby squirrels.

Maria Vaccarella of Howell said she was only trying to hel
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Florida Cops Unload On Man Holding Gun Fearing Home Invasion After Knock On Door At 1AM, Had Wrong House
Police State DailyFeb 08
A Florida man says officers with the Ocoee Police Department opened fire on the home he shares with his wife and their 12-year-old son after mistakenly responding to a domestic violence call at the wrong residence. The unidentified man said he awoke at around 1 a.m. on Saturday to a loud banging on the door of his Belhaven Falls Drive house and asked who it was, but got no re... (more)

Utah Fusion Center Warns Cops: Watch Out For Don't-Tread-On-Me Flags
ReasonFeb 08


Leaked Police Files Contain Guarantees Disciplinary Records Will Be Kept Secret
The GuardianFeb 08


Miami Police Retaliate Against Female Driver Who Filmed Herself Pulling Over Cop
InformationLiberationFeb 05

Claudia Castillo posted video of herself pulling over a cop for speeding a week ago on YouTube. The video shortly thereafter racked up over a million views. In response to the controversial video, which has more down-votes than up-votes and people commenting on both sides, the Miami Fraternal Order of Police union president chose to res
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Texas Appeals Court Slams Forced DUI Blood Draw
TheNewspaperFeb 05
The Texas Court of Appeals told local police officers last month that when the US Supreme Court says warrantless blood draws from motorists are unconstitutional, that means they need to get a warrant to perform a blood draw. Hurst Police Officer Brian Charnock did not believe the McNeely ruling applied to him as he ordered Laura Ann Swan to pull over in February 2012.

Officer Charnock had received a tip that the car belonging to Swan was swerving on
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Chicago Cops Retire to Dodge Punishment, Collect 6-Figure Pensions
Illinois PolicyFeb 05
Chicago police officers implicated in the wake of a political scandal within the Chicago Police Department, or CPD, have retired, dodging disciplinary action while holding on to pensions worth more than $100,000 a year, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Nearly two months ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration received a report from the office of C
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Retired Cop Gets Taste Of Police State After Officers Bust In, Assault Him
Cop BlockFeb 04
A retired Philadelphia police officer is saying in a complaint made to Internal Affairs that officers with the department forcibly entered his home and assaulted him after falsely accusing him of paying for a takeout meal with counterfeit money.

Fifty-four-year-old
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NYPD Cop, Whose Job Was to Bust Prostitutes, Exposed as a Pimp in Massive Sex Trafficking Ring
The Free Thought ProjectFeb 04
Brooklyn, NY -- Fired from the department last month after failing a drug test, a former NYPD officer was arrested Tuesday for running a prostitution ring. Although he had been on the force for 11 years, the cop allegedly began pimping out prostitutes immediately after his shift ended at the NYPD.

In October 2015, police pulled over NYPD Officer Eduardo Cornejo in his personal vehicle after witnessing the off-duty cop apparently running a prostitution ring at a Long Island motel.
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NYPD Cop Wins $15m After Fellow Cops Falsely Arrested & Beat Him At His Daughter's Birthday
The Free Thought ProjectFeb 04
Queens, NY -- After suing his fellow officers for savagely beating and falsely arresting him at his daughter's birthday party, an NYPD cop was awarded $15 million by a federal jury on Wednesday. Although he identified himself as an officer, his colleagues viciously struck him with batons and fired pepper spray into his face before bothering to check the badge and ID in his pocket.

On August 22, 2010, NYPD Officer Larry Jackson was off-duty at his daughter's birthday party in Queen
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Florida Man Shot and Paralyzed by Award-Winning Deputy Who Confused Phone For Gun Awarded $23 Million
PINACFeb 04


After Returning The Money They Stole, Feds Will Pay Interest and Legal Expenses Too
ReasonFeb 04


This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories
StopTheDrugWar.orgFeb 04
It's pretty quiet the corrupt cops front this week. Maybe that's a good thing.

In Boston, a former Boston police detective was sentenced last Friday to a year's probation and a $5,000 fine for conspiring with another officer to obstruct an FBI inquiry into the Academy Homes street gang. Brian Smigielski,
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"Making a Murderer" – The One You Won't See on Netflix Because the Bad Cop Was Also the Mayor
The Free Thought ProjectFeb 03
Idaho Falls, ID — Christopher C. Tapp has been imprisoned for nineteen years — nearly half his life — for a murder he didn't commit, after being forced to confess through the use of threats and psychological duress. This is the conclusion of a non-profit activist organization called "Judges for Justice," a group of retired judges and criminal investigators who review... (more)

Charges Dropped Against Sergeant Filmed Brutalizing Teen At Football Game
Police State DailyFeb 02
A Pittsburgh police sergeant filmed brutalizing and repeatedly striking a 19-year-old man at a high school football championship game at Heinz Field in late November, has been acquitted of all charges.

Sgt. Stephen Matakovich accused 19-year-old Gabriel Despres of taking an "aggressive attacking position" and said he believed he wa
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Anaheim Police Using Cell-Site Simulators to Spy On Disneyland Tourists
Police State DailyFeb 02
For years, police in Anaheim, California have been using extensive surveillance equipment to eavesdrop on the cell phone calls of the local population, as well as the 16 million-plus Disneyland tourists the area receives annually, new documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California say.

Published on Wednesday, the documents show that a massive and sophisticated cell phone surveillance program has existed in the department since at least 2009
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"Get Your Hands Where I..." BOOM! Cop Shoots Unarmed Man Before Finishing His Command
The Free Thought ProjectJan 31
Eden Prairie, MN — On June 15, 2015, Matthew Hovland-Knase was allegedly driving his motorcycle at excessive speeds down a two-way street. After being clocked at speeds over 110 miles per hour, Sergeant Lonnie Soppeland gave chase and pulled him over.

Hovland-Knase did not attempt to run, was unarmed, non-violent, and posed no threat to Soppeland at all when the officer jumped out of his cruiser with his gun drawn. As Soppeland exited the cruiser, he yelled, "Get your hands where
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"Gotta Cover Our Ass" Illegally Confiscated Cellphone Records Cops Framing An Innocent Man
The Free Thought ProjectJan 31
Hartford, CT -- On September 11, 2015, journalist and police accountability activist, Michael Picard was illegally detained for lawfully open carrying and filming police on public property. During the illegal detainment, Connecticut state troopers confiscated his gun and his camera. However, the trooper who took the phone went on to make a critical mistake — he left the camera rolling while fabricating a story to falsely charge Picard.

The resultant footage provides a rare, behind
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Family of Officer-Involved Shooting Victim John Livingston Says Wait On Possible Charges 'Horrible'
FayobserverJan 31


Tyranny, Defiance, and The Death of Lavoy Finicum
William Norman GriggJan 29
LaVoy Finicum, who was shot at a roadblock by Oregon State Troopers and left to bleed to death in the snow, was not a violent criminal. He and his colleagues from the group calling itself Citizens for Constitutional Freedom were traveling to John Day, Oregon to organize political resistance to federal control over lands in the western United States.

After trying to run the roadblock, Finic
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Cops Getting Free License Plate Readers in Exchange For 25% of The 'Take' and All The Driver Data Vigilant Can Slurp
TechdirtJan 29
What happens when you lower the barriers to entry? More participants join the market. It works everywhere, even when the market is "law enforcement" and the "customers" are everyone else.
Vigilant Solutions, one of the country’s largest brokers of vehicle surveillance technology, is offering a hell of a deal to law enforcement agenc... (more)


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