DEA So Forfeiture-Focused It Hired a TSA Screener to Check Travelers and Baggage For 'Guilty' Cash
TechdirtJan 20
Here you are: written evidence that asset forfeiture leads to law enforcement activity, rather than the other way around. (h/t Brad Heath)

The DEA has already been blasted by the DOJ's Inspector General for its confidential informant program. The DEA's informants were paid when they weren't producing intel. They were
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LA Will Pay Over $24m to Wrongfully Convicted Men Who Spent Decades in Jail
RTJan 20
The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to pay $16.7 million and $7.6 million to Kash Register and Bruce Lisker, respectively, who were arrested as teens and spent a combined 60 years in jail for murders they did not commit.

While the two cases were independent of one another, they share a common complaint against the Los Angeles Police Department. Detectives concocted evidence against Register and Lisker, each man’s overturned conviction and lawsuit against the city stated.... (more)


It's Like "Nazi Germany" -- Federal Police Officer Furious After Cops Attempt to Rob Him & His Wife
The Free Thought ProjectJan 20
Nashville, TN — In May of 2014, Ronnie and Lisa Hankins were driving back from his grandfather's funeral in Virginia when they were targeted by a gang of police officers in search of cash.

As Lisa drove the couple westbound down I-40, they saw an officer, who happened to be with the 23rd Judicial District Drug Task Force, and Hankins correctly predicted that they were about to be pulled over.

"I told her we are going to get pulled over," Ronnie said to NewsChannel 5
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Sheriff Exposed as Liar by Fellow Cop in The Shooting of An Unarmed Down Syndrome Child
The Free Thought ProjectJan 20
Palm Beach County, FL — A Florida sheriff has been exposed in a recent lawsuit for lying about one of his deputies who shot six times at an unarmed teenager.  The victim, Jeremy Hutton is a 17-year-old boy with Down Syndrome, who nearly lost his life after he was hit with three of those six rounds.

According to a report by West Palm Beach's, Jose Lambiet,
Last year, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw signed two sworn, notarized affidavits saying he knows... (more)

Whistleblower Cop Says Sergeant Released Suspect in Exchange For Blowjob
Police State DailyJan 20
A Michigan cop, who works part time with the River Rouge police department, is claiming as part of a federal lawsuit that an unidentified sergeant released a suspect without arrest or citation in exchange for oral sex.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court last week by officer Dennis Whittie, names the city of River Rouge and former Police Chief Jeff
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New Mexico State Police Taser Non-Combative 74-Year-Old Man, Who Falls to Ground Clutching His Chest, Dying a Week Later
PINACJan 20


Oregon Standoff: Militia Member Loses Foster Kids, Blames 'Pressure From The Feds'
RTJan 19
One of the most visible members of the armed militia that took over a wildlife refuge in Oregon says his four foster sons were taken away due to his involvement in the standoff, and he blames the federal government who "must have gotten to the governor."

Robert “LaVoy” Finicum and his wife Jeanette have fostered more than 50 boys over the last decade at their ranch near Chino Valley, Arizona. The couple is licensed and has a care contract with the Catholic Charities Community
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VT Law Would Allow Warrantless Cellphone Searches to Check For Distracted Driving
Police State DailyJan 19
Being sold under the guise of preventing distracted driving, a newly proposed Vermont law would allow officers to rifle through motorists’ cellphones to see if they have been used recently.

“Essentially, it’s ‘show me your text log,'” said South Burlington Democratic Rep. Martin LaLonde, who is pushing the law as an amendment to the states 2014 ban on ha
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VIDEO: Oregon Cop Fined $181,170 For Kicking Motorcyclist
TheNewspaperJan 19
A jury last Thursday found an Oregon State Police Captain negligent for ramming a motorcyclist and kicking him in the chest. Captain Robert Wayne Edwards was ordered to pay Justin Michael Wilkens $181,170 in damages over the August 3, 2012 police chase that left Wilkens with a broken collarbone and two fractured ribs.

On that afternoon, Wilkens was enjoying a spirited ride on Crow Road in Eugene when he drew attention to himself by passing a state trooper in an unmarked black Cama
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NYPD Cop Who Retired With Bad Shoulder is Now Bodybuilding and Collecting Disability Pension
NY Daily NewsJan 19


U.S. Police Arrest Someone For Marijuana Possession Every Minute
Police State DailyJan 18
According to the latest national data released by the FBI, at least 620,000 people were arrested for simple marijuana possession alone last year – a rate of 1,700 people per day, or more than 1 per minute.

The numbers, which are under-counted as some states don’t report arrest stats to the FBI, or do so on a limited basis – illustrate that more th
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Pennsylvania Town Pays Murdering Cop $120,000 to Go Away
PINACJan 18


State Confiscates Veteran's Kids Over Medical Marijuana-PTSD Treatment
InfowarsJan 15
A Gulf War veteran who moved to Colorado last year has had his children confiscated by the State of Kansas over his use of marijuana as a treatment for PTSD symptoms.

Raymond Schwab, 40, relied on medical marijuana to treat PTSD after he suffered severe side effects from medicines prescribed by the VA.

“They were making me crazy, they made me worse,” Schwab told The Denver Post.

After living in Kansas for years, Schwab, his wife Amelia and their five
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Single-Serving Stalinism: The Continuing Persecution of Matthew Townsend
William Norman GriggJan 15
The State of Idaho remains perversely determined to steal five years from the life of Matthew Townsend as punishment for publishing a defiant but harmless statement on his Facebook page. His supposed offense was to criticize Meridian Police Officer Richard Brockbank by name, demand the dismissal of an equally spurious "resisting and obstructing" charge filed by the officer, and to promise a "non-v... (more)

Judge Throws Out Case Against Cop Filmed Slamming, Paralyzing Indian Man
Police State DailyJan 15
Officer Eric Parker was facing up to 10 years in prison after he had responded to a call on Feb. 6 about a suspicious person walking on Hardiman Place Lane. The caller said he had seen the man before and was nervous about leaving his wife home alone.

Sureshbhai Patel, who does not speak English, had arrived in the country about a week earlier. His son, Chirag Patel, is an eng
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Courts Are Colluding With Police to Increase Blue Privilege While Laying Waste to Your Rights
The Free Thought ProjectJan 15
As state legislatures convene across the country, police unions and their lobbyists have begun a nation-wide campaign to preserve -- and, where possible, expand -- "Blue Privilege" in its various guises, from efforts to criminalize video-recording police to the preservation of the officially sanctioned larceny called "civil asset forfeiture."

Police unions in Maryland are pressuring the state
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Oregon Fire Chief Catches FBI Agents Posing as Militia, Quits His Job in Protest
The Free Thought ProjectJan 15
This week, Harney County Fire Marshall Chris Briels resigned after discovering undercover FBI agents posing as militia members near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which has been the site of a standoff for weeks now. According to Briels, he found FBI agents who were impersonating militia members lurking around the town's armory. When he inquired about the undercover operation with county Judge Steve Grasty he was told to back off.

Just before this discovery was made, there w
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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories
StopTheDrugWar.orgJan 15
C'mon cops--how many times do we have to tell you? Don't rip off the department evidence room, don't peddle cocaine, don't smuggle drugs to prisoners, and especially, don't blow up your meth lab in the federal science lab you're supposed to be protecting. Let's get to it:

In Simpsonville, Kentucky, a Simpsonville police officer was arrested last Thursday in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars in cash, drugs, and guns from the police department. Officer Terry Putn
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Jewish LAPD Deputy Who Was Abused by Mel Gibson Is Still Under Investigation Nine Years Later
The Daily MailJan 15


Illegal Immigrant MS-13 Gang Members Linked to Murders at Children's Parks in VA
NBC WashingtonJan 14


"News4's Pat Collins has reaction from the community after police in Alexandria announced they'd arrested people in connection to two separate murders in popular parks. Investigators say the cases appear to be connected to gang violence."


US Appeals Court Endorses Arrest For a Late Turn Signal
TheNewspaperJan 14
A federal appeals court last week endorsed the arrest of a motorist who waited too long before using his turn signal. A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit US Court of Appeals examined the case that began when Officer Brandon Brooks stopped Tracy Williams as he drove home from work on State Road 37 through Noblesville, Indiana on October 5, 2011.

Williams pulled his Chrysler 300 into the left turn lane, but Officer Brooks claims the man failed to use his turn signal until he
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Award-Winning NYPD Cop Caught On Video Falsifying Arrest, Accusing Four Men of Holding Him Up At Knifepoint
PINACJan 14
Once again, a New York City police officer was exposed as a liar by surveillance video.

This time, it was an undercover NYPD named Winston McDonald, a 2012 "Cop of the Month" recipient, who claimed four men tried to mug him at knifepoint outside a Brooklyn hardware store last month.

The suspects, however, claim the cop approached them inside
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Wisconsinites Face Prison For Selling Baked Goods Without State Approval
IJ.orgJan 14

Anyone with an oven and a recipe should be able to have a baking business -- but that is not the case in Wisconsin, where selling baked goods made in your home kitchen is punishable by up to $1,000 in fines or six months in jail.

Wisconsin is one of only two states (the other being New Jersey) to ban the sale of home-baked goods.

Wisconsin's home-baked-good ban has
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Police Charged With Assaulting Teen Boys Who Filmed Alleged Attack
The AgeJan 14


Bill Would Criminalize Filming Police in Arizona
Police State DailyJan 12
An Arizona lawmaker has introduced a bill, that if passed, would criminalize filming the police in certain circumstances.

Rationalizing that recording cops can put officers in danger by distracting them in tense situations, Republican State Senator John Kavanagh says Senate Bill 1054 would make it illegal for someone to film police within 20 feet of an officer without permission.
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NYPD Cops Busted Extorting Thousands From Local Pizza Shop
The Free Thought ProjectJan 11
Queens, NY – Three NYPD cops were recently busted extorting $1,000 per week from the owner of a pizza shop in Queens. Besnik Llakatura, Denis Nikolla and Redinel Dervishaj, all New York police officers, were involved a scheme where "protection" money was coerced out of business owners under the threat of having their businesses shut down. Last month, Llakatura pleaded guilty to the charges against him. Denis Nikolla and Redinel Dervishaj are scheduled to appear in court in March, and it has been... (more)

The New Way Police Are Surveilling You: Calculating Your Threat 'Score'
Washington PostJan 11


The Most Outrageous Drug War Deaths of 2015
StopTheDrugWar.orgJan 08
An as yet unnamed man killed by police in Rawlins, Wyoming, on December 30, after they were called to a convenience store about a person believed to be selling drugs in the parking lot, and Burlington, Vermont, resident Kenneth Stephens, 56, shot and killed by a state trooper and a DEA agent on December 22 when he met them with a rifle as they raided his apartment, were ... (more)

Cop Throws Tantrum For Being Pulled Over by Fellow Cop, Speeds Off, 150 Mph Chase Ensues
The Free Thought ProjectJan 08
Baltimore, MD — Baltimore City police sergeant Francisco Hopkins sent Maryland State Troopers on a high-speed chase early in the morning hours of New Years day. Hopkins was reportedly off duty at the time and was pulled over around 3 a.m for not having a front tag on his vehicle.

Allegedly frustrated by the fact that he was pulled over, Hopkins became belligerent with the officer who stopped him, and demanded special treatment. When it seemed like the trooper may treat him like an
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Judge Helps Ensure That The More Ignorant Law Enforcement Officers Are, The More They'll Be Able To Get Away With
TechdirtJan 06
So much for the Fourth Amendment. Even though a field test for marijuana returned false results twice and a SWAT team raid of Robert and Addie Harte's house turned up no drugs or paraphernalia, the cops involved have been let off the hook by a federal judge. Radley Balko runs down the details of the decision in his post entitled "Federal judge: Drinking tea, shopping at a gardening store is probable cause for a SWAT raid on your home."
The family was held at gunpoint f... (more)


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