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Brickbat: The Roads Are Dangerous Here After Dark
Post Date: 2023-03-22 23:38:41 by Charles_Byrd
Michigan State Police troopers Ryan Fitzko, Cody Lukas, and Justin Simpson have been charged with misdemeanor assault and battery for their actions during the arrest of a man for riding a bicycle after dark without lights. Click for Full Text!
Brickbat: Good Work
Post Date: 2023-03-14 01:03:31 by Charles_Byrd
Kary Jarvis spent more than a year behind bars after a traffic stop left two Daytona Beach, Florida, police officers injured and Jarvis facing multiple felony charges. But when a judge finally saw video of the stop and what followed she ruled that "Mr. Jarvis was unlawfully detained after his first denial of consent. Had officers allowed Mr. Jarvis to leave, as he was entitled to, no one would have gotten hurt. The injuries resulted from the officers' own illegal activity." Click for Full Text!
How the FBI Took an Innocent Woman’s Savings
Post Date: 2023-03-10 01:16:30 by Charles_Byrd
The Federal Bureau of Investigation regularly seizes cash, cars and other valuables that belong to people who arent accused of any crimes. Months later, many of those people receive a dense, boilerplate notice stating that the FBI plans to keep their property forever, without any explanation of whya blatantly unconstitutional practice. Thats what happened to Linda Martin. When the FBI took her life savings from a safe-deposit box during a 2021 raid of US Private Vaults in Beverly Hills, Calif., she assumed her money would be returned. The companys alleged wrongdoing had nothing to do with her. But several months later, sheand hundreds of other innocent people ...
Cops Harass Parents Who Let 6-Year-Old Daughter Take a Walk Outside, Arrest Dad
Post Date: 2023-03-10 00:49:38 by Charles_Byrd
This fall, just as Keith Kaplan was finishing up his first term as a town councilman in the New York suburb of Teaneck, New Jersey, he proposed a Reasonable Childhood Independence bill. It states that when parents allow kids to perform age-old independent activities, like walking or playing outside, they are not committing negligence unless the the kids are in obvious, serious, and likely danger. For Kaplan, the bill is especially important. That's because of an incidence he witnessed involving his friends, their daughter, and the police. Click for Full Text!
Ohio Woman Says Cops Broke Her Wrist for Recording During Traffic Stop
Post Date: 2023-03-03 02:11:53 by Charles_Byrd
A new lawsuit alleges that an Ohio woman suffered a broken wrist and other injuries after being violently arrested during a traffic stop, in part due to filming the police who pulled her over. In February 2020, Amanda Mills was pulled over for speeding in Walton Hills, a small town outside Cleveland, Ohio. According to the suit, a police officer, identified in the lawsuit only as "Officer Schmidt" exited his cruiser "irate" and "screaming." Nervous, Mills began recording the encounter. Schmidt ordered Mills to get out of her vehicle. According to the suit, "Amanda asked 'why?' without making any other statement or any sudden movement. At this ...
Sheriff's Employee Embezzled Funds in Keeping with the Spirit of Civil Asset Forfeiture
Post Date: 2023-03-01 17:38:57 by Charles_Byrd
Critics of civil asset forfeiture quite rightly refer to the practice of swiping cash and property from people accused (but not convicted) of crimes as "legalized theft." That enrages law enforcement types who insist they're just abiding by the law, never mind that the law is contemptible. But there are times when forfeiture clearly crosses over into outright robbery, such as when John Cox, an Albany County, New York, sheriff's department employee, used seized proceeds to cover his lousy luck with cards or horses. It's simultaneously awful and thoroughly in keeping with the policy of civil asset forfeiture. "The head of the Albany County Sheriff's Office ...
Attorney general intervenes after newsman covering train derailment arrested
Post Date: 2023-02-15 20:11:54 by Charles_Byrd
A NewsNation reporter who was arrested in eastern Ohio while covering the train derailment which sparked a large chemical plume over the town had his charges dropped Wednesday, the state attorney general confirmed. Reporter Evan Lambert was arrested on Feb. 8 while giving a live report during a press conference during which Republican Gov. Mike DeWine gave an update on the train derailment that caused the mass evacuation of nearly 2,000 residents before hazardous chemicals were released from the cars. Videos of the incident did not provide enough evidence to warrant criminal trespass or disorderly conduct charges, according to Republican Attorney General Dave Yost. Click for Full Text!
More Proof the FBI Is Being Weaponized Against American Citizens
Post Date: 2023-02-14 19:38:37 by Charles_Byrd
On Thursday, former FBI agent Nicole Parker, an 11-year veteran of the agency before she quit four months ago, testified before the House Subcommittee on Weaponization of the Federal Government. Click for Full Text!
Police Accountability is a “Non-Starter” Without Discarding the Qualified Immunity Doctrine
Post Date: 2023-02-14 19:26:44 by Charles_Byrd
Some reps in Congress assert that dismantling qualified immunity (QI) a police officers so-called good faith defense to a civil rights lawsuitis a non-starter in negotiations to pass the George Floyd Civil Rights Act. In reality, meaningful police accountability is a non- starter without discarding QI. QI is a regressive framework which has turned federal civil rights lawsuits into sheer games of chance with bad odds. Under QI, the Supreme Court instructs judges to apply a two-pronged analysis, in a specific order: first to examine whether the right sought to be vindicated was clearly-established at the time, and second to examine whether the ...
An Alabama Man Was Taken to Jail. Two Weeks Later, He Was Dead From Hypothermia.
Post Date: 2023-02-14 18:36:31 by Charles_Byrd
An Alabama man was taken into custody last month following a violent altercation with police. Two weeks later, he died from hypothermia, having seemingly been placed into the jail's freezer. A lawsuit filed by the family of Anthony "Tony" Mitchell on Monday alleges that officers at a Walker County, Alabama, jail engaged in horrific abuse against the 33-year-old, eventually leading to his death. Click for Full Text!
After Tyre Nichols Killing, It's Once Again Time To Build a Bipartisan Movement for Police Reform
Post Date: 2023-02-11 01:42:46 by Charles_Byrd
A late acquaintance offered the following scenario to determine a person's fundamental attitudes. Let's say we happen upon police officers beating a suspect. We know nothing about the incident beyond what we're witnessing. Is our gut instinct outrage at the smackdownor do we figure the cops must be in the right and the suspect no doubt is getting what he deserves? As someone who generally distrusts government authority and has covered several troubling police-use-of-force incidents, you can probably guess where I'd come down. But I know people who have been victims of violent crime and seem more likely to side with the police. Typically, people tend to make snap ...
Detroit Woman Sues City After Police Officers Shot Her Dog and Left It in a Trash Can
Post Date: 2023-02-09 00:47:07 by Charles_Byrd
A Detroit woman filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city today after police shot her dog and left it in a neighbor's trash can. In a complaint filed against the city of Detroit and an individual Detroit police officer, Tiffany Lindsay says her Fourth Amendment rights were violated last September when the officer entered her enclosed backyard without a search warrant and shot her pit bull, Jack. Click for Full Text!
The Cops Who Killed Tyre Nichols Could Be Convicted of Murder and Still Get Qualified Immunity
Post Date: 2023-02-09 00:43:54 by Charles_Byrd
At his State of the Union address last night, President Joe Biden introduced the family of Tyre Nichols, who was killed in early January by Memphis Police Department (MPD) officers during a traffic stop. The footage, released several weeks later, was brutal and condemned almost universally, reigniting a stagnant debate about how to give victims of state violence some justice after their rights are violated by the government. "When police officers or departments violate the public's trust," said Biden, "we must hold them accountable." Click for Full Text!
Alabama Dodges Police Transparency, Hiding Violent Body Camera Footage from Public
Post Date: 2023-02-09 00:38:19 by Charles_Byrd
The lead-up to the release of body-camera footage showing Memphis police officers beating Tyre Nichols included public calls for calm out of fear that citizens might riot after seeing the violent footage. While there were some protests and isolated incidents, the rioting did not happen. But in Alabama, those fears have been used to stop the public release of police body-camera footage entirely. Click for Full Text!
Tyre Nichols Documents: Officer Never Explained Stop to Him
Post Date: 2023-02-08 21:53:34 by Charles_Byrd
The officer who pulled Tyre Nichols from his car before police fatally beat him never explained why he was being stopped, newly released documents show, and emerging reports from Memphis residents suggest that was common. The Memphis Police Department blasted Demetrius Haley and four other officers as blatantly unprofessional and asked that they be stripped of the ability to work as police for their role in the Jan. 7 beating, according to documents released Tuesday by the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission. Click for Full Text!
‘Riotsville, USA’ Shows the Birth of Police Militarization
Post Date: 2023-02-07 19:02:59 by Charles_Byrd
After the 2014 police killing of Laquan McDonald, Chicago officials appointed a commission to study policing in the city. When the commission issued its report two years later, Steve Bogira of the Chicago Reader noticed that the report bore striking similarities to a report issued after the death of Daniel Claiborne, a 70-year-old Black man, also at the hands of police. Both reports, Bogira noted, found that residents in the citys minority neighborhoods were frequently subjected to illegal stop and frisks. Both found that Black and Latino residents reported frequent verbal harassment and humiliation from police. Both reports found that police misconduct complaints were almost never ...
Tyre NicholsÂ’s Death Proves Yet Again That Â‘EliteÂ’ Police Units Are a Disaster
Post Date: 2023-02-06 16:34:32 by Charles_Byrd
The website of the Memphis Police Department includes an entire section called Reimagine Policing. The introduction emphasizes that trust is the key to effective law enforcement and proclaims the departments participation in reform efforts such as President Barack Obamas 21st Century Policing program, de-escalation training and the 8 Cant Wait reforms proposed by the group Campaign Zero. Yet in 2021, as homicides in the city soared, the city announced the formation of the Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace in Our Neighborhoods, or SCORPION. The teams, which included four groups of 10 officers each, would saturate crime hot spots in the ...
Brickbat: Remember, We Never Met
Post Date: 2023-02-06 14:56:36 by Charles_Byrd
Hialeah, Florida, police officers Rafael Quinones Otano and Lorenzo Rafael Orfila have been fired and charged with armed kidnapping and battery. Orfila has also been charged with official misconduct. Click for Full Text!
DOJ Probes Memphis PD on Tyre Nichols' Killing
Post Date: 2023-02-05 21:18:39 by Charles_Byrd
The U.S. Justice Department will participate in a review of the Memphis Police Department after the death of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man fatally beaten by officers in the Tennessee city last month, according to city officials. The review was disclosed in a bulletin by Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland. The bulletin said the Justice Department as well as the International Association of Chiefs of Police would take part in an "independent, external review" requested by the city to assess the Memphis Police Department's special units and use-of-force policies. Click for Full Text!
The Police Cannot Be a Law Unto Themselves
Post Date: 2023-02-01 17:04:42 by Charles_Byrd
In 2020, during the weeks of protest and civil unrest that followed the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, I argued that the problem of police violence and misconduct was a problem of democracy. And this week, in the wake of yet another police killing caught on camera, I think its worth saying, again, that the institution of American policing lies outside any meaningful democratic control. You can think of accountability for public institutions in two ways: on the back end and on the front end. Click for Full Text!
Illinois Town Will Pay $12 Million to Family After SWAT Officer Shot 12-Year-Old in Kneecap
Post Date: 2023-02-01 16:32:18 by Charles_Byrd
The city of Richton Park, Illinois, will pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from a 2019 SWAT raid during which a police officer shot a 12-year-old boy in the kneecap, a lawyer for the boy's family announced today. The federal civil rights lawsuit, filed by Crystal Worship on behalf of her son Amir, alleged that SWAT team officers from the Country Club Hills and Richton Park police departments burst into their house on the night of May 26, 2019, throwing flashbangs and detaining the family, including Amir and his 13-year-old brother, at gunpoint. Click for Full Text!
Democratic Mayor Eric Adams of New York mandated all city employees complete a “racial equity” training before a March 6 deadline, Fox News reported. The training emphasizes the importance of recognizing “racial equity” in the workplace, according t
Post Date: 2023-01-30 21:48:40 by Charles_Byrd
Addis, Louisiana, police officer David Cauthron has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide and one count of negligent injuring for his role in a high-speed chase on New Year's Eve that left two teens dead. The chase started after a man stole a family member's car. Cauthron reportedly ran a red light and slammed into an unrelated vehicle in which the teens were riding. Click for Full Text!
Brickbat: Didn't You See Me?
Post Date: 2023-01-26 23:50:29 by Charles_Byrd
The Waterbury, Connecticut, police department has fired officer James Hinkle for screaming at and berating a woman who drove through an intersection where he was directing traffic. Click for Full Text!
LAPD Officers Tased a Confused, Terrified Man Who Then Died, All Over a Minor Car Collision
Post Date: 2023-01-20 00:48:53 by Charles_Byrd
A man died earlier this month after being Tased six times in less than a minute by Los Angeles police during a traffic incident. Now activists are demanding answers and changes to how, or even whether, police should respond to these types of calls. Body camera footage released a week ago from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) shows Keenan Darnell Anderson, 31, in pretty bad mental shape when police showed up at the scene of a car crash at a busy Venice intersection on January 3. According to the LAPD, officers were responding to a call of a hit-and-run, and witnesses said Anderson, driving a BMW, was responsible for the crash. Anderson was a 10th-grade English teacher in Washington, ...
Brickbat: Close Enough
Post Date: 2023-01-20 00:47:00 by Charles_Byrd
Julie Hudson spent a week in a Pennsylvania jail because a police officer in Texas thought she looked like a robbery suspect. Hudson, a doctoral student at Holy Family University, had been told she had an outstanding warrant when she was turned down for a job she'd applied for. When she went to police to find out why, she was arrested on a warrant from Texas, a state she has never been to. It took seven days for police in Webster, Texas, to determine she wasn't the woman they were looking for. Why did they think she was? Click for Full Text!
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