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Protect and Serve

Posted in Pic, Police Brutality / Abuse on January 26th, 2013

Cop Tackles girl

open quotePhoenix police officer Patrick Larrison is being investigated after a video surfaced on YouTube of him slamming a 15-year-old girl over against a wall in Arizona . . .

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NYC anti-terror patrol

Posted in Pic, Police Brutality / Abuse on January 7th, 2013

New York City is a great place to be from.


We don’t need AR 15s to hunt, but the police need this to direct traffic

Posted in Gun Ownership, Pic, Police Brutality / Abuse on January 6th, 2013


Supreme Court rules cops can be filmed!

Posted in Police Brutality / Abuse on December 2nd, 2012

Good news, for a change. :)

open quoteSmile for the camera, coppers — the US Supreme Court has decided to let stand a lesser ruling that allows citizens in the state of Illinois to record police officers performing their official duties.

Up until just last year, an anti-eavesdropping legislation on the books across Illinois meant any person within the state could be imprisoned for as much as 15 years for recording a police officer without expressed consent. In August 2011, a federal appeals court struck down the law, but an Illinois prosecutor has asked the Supreme Court — unsuccessfully — to challenge that ruling.

On Monday, the top justices in the US said that they would not hear the case and will instead rely on last year’s ruling where a federal appeals court in Chicago agreed that the eavesdropping law, as written, “likely violates” the First Amendment.

“The Illinois eavesdropping statue restricts a medium of expression commonly used for the preservation and communication of information and ideas, thus triggering First Amendment scrutiny” and that the “statute restricts far more speech than necessary to protect legitimate privacy interests,” the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals opined previously.

Under that ruling and thanks to the Supreme Court’s refusal to weigh in this week, last year’s decision to not allow the enforcement of that law will stand, essentially making it for once-and-for-all perfectly legal at the highest level to tape record cops on the job.

Harvey Grossman, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, says in a statement that the ACLU was “pleased that the Supreme Court has refused to take this appeal.”close quote (Read more)

Mom arrested for letting her children play outside

Posted in Nanny State, Police Brutality / Abuse on October 17th, 2012

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A stay-at-home mom from La Porte has filed a lawsuit against the city’s police department, an unknown officer and one of her neighbors.

Tammy Cooper said she was wrongly accused of endangering her children and was even forced to spend the night in jail, all because she let her kids play outside.

She said her children, ages 9 and 6, were riding their motorized scooters in the cul-de-sac where they live while she watched from a lawn chair in her front yard just a few feet away.

“I was out there the entire time,” Cooper said. “I never left that lawn chair the entire time.”close quote (Read more)

NYPD officer canned for ticketing dead people says he was doing it to meet ‘quotas’

Posted in Police Brutality / Abuse on October 14th, 2012

open quoteA cop who was canned for ticketing dead people says he was doing it to meet the NYPD’s supposedly non-existent monthly quotas.

In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Paul Pizzuto says he started issuing bogus summonses after brass at the 120th Precinct in Staten Island told him he had to produce more than the 125 to 150 he was already writing. close quote (Read more)

Facts About Cops

Posted in Pic, Police Brutality / Abuse on September 4th, 2012

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Police State in California

Posted in Pic, Police Brutality / Abuse, Protests & Civil Unrest on September 4th, 2012

Expect more of this in the U.S.S.A.

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NYPD cop shoots carelessly into crowd @ Empire State Building

Posted in Big Media, Police Brutality / Abuse on August 26th, 2012

Don’t expect to hear a goddamn thing about this on the news. The state is here to keep us safe. That is all.

Fascist Bloomberg’s Anti Gun Propaganda: “If only the police would go on strike”

Posted in Big Media, Gun Ownership, Police Brutality / Abuse on August 21st, 2012

Kidnapping victim found tied up in NYPD detective’s garage, sources say

Posted in Police Brutality / Abuse on August 11th, 2012

There are the people who have a monopoly on the providing of security.

open quotePolice tracked the victim to the house in St. Albans off the victim’s cell phone pings.

When police arrived Friday night, they found the victim tied up in the garage.

Johnson denied any involvement with the kidnapping, but his cousin, Hakeem Clark — who lives in the other half of the detective’s two-family home — has been charged with kidnapping, along with three other men.close quote (Read more)

Man Loses $22,000 In New ‘Policing For Profit’ Case

Posted in Police Brutality / Abuse on June 14th, 2012

open quoteIn this latest case, a Monterey police officer took $22,000 off the driver — even though he had committed no crime.

“You live in the United States, you think you have rights — and apparently you don’t,” said George Reby.

As a professional insurance adjuster, Reby spends a lot of time traveling from state to state. But it was on a trip to a conference in Nashville last January that he got a real education in Tennessee justice.

“I never had any clue that they thought they could take my money legally,” Reby added. “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Reby was driving down Interstate 40, heading west through Putnam County, when he was stopped for speeding.

A Monterey police officer wanted to know if he was carrying any large amounts of cash.

“I said, ‘Around $20,000,'” he recalled. “Then, at the point, he said, ‘Do you mind if I search your vehicle?’ I said, ‘No, I don’t mind.’ I certainly didn’t feel I was doing anything wrong. It was my money.”

That’s when Officer Larry Bates confiscated the cash based on his suspicion that it was drug money.close quote (Read more)

Kelly Thomas calls for his father while 6 cops beat him to death

Posted in Police Brutality / Abuse on June 2nd, 2012

open quoteThe city surveillance video that shows a group of Fullerton police officers beating a homeless mentally ill man to death last year was finally released today, laying to rest any argument that Kelly Thomas was a threat to officers.

The shocking video, which was combined with an audio recorder worn by one of the police officers on the night of July 5, 2011, was shown in court today, then later released to the media.

“Now you see my fists?” Fullerton police officer Manny Ramos asked Thomas while slipping on a pair of latex gloves.

“Yeah, what about them?” Thomas responded.

“They are getting ready to fuck you up,” said Ramos, a burly cop who appears to outweigh Thomas by 100 pounds.

“Well, start punching,” Thomas responds, never once displaying any physical aggression towards Ramos.

Moments later, as Thomas is standing while Ramos is ordering him to get on his “fucking knees,” Fullerton cop Joseph Wolfe, who is not charged in the case, walks up and starts beating his legs with a baton.

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At one point he yells out, “Dad, they are killing me.”

Even after seven minutes into the video, when six cops are on top of him and all Thomas is doing is crying for his father, they keep telling him to “relax.”

Last year, Ron Thomas, a retired Orange County Sheriff’s deputy, said the City of Fullerton offered him $900,000 to just go away, which would have allowed the two cops to remain on the force unpunished for killing his son.

Thomas was pronounced dead on July 10, five days after the beating that left him in a coma.close quote (Read more)

Police sodomize handcuffed man with taser

Posted in Egalitarianism / Culture Wars, Police Brutality / Abuse on May 31st, 2012

Drones to soar over US and Canada sooner than thought?

Posted in Police Brutality / Abuse, Privacy on May 13th, 2012

open quoteNon-military agencies have been gearing up to get unmanned drones in the sky across America, and now it looks like those controversial aircraft will soon be heading north, as well.

http://rt.com/news/iran-usa-drone-decode-755/Not only are surveillance drones expected to soar in droves across American airspace in the not-so-distant future, but now it has been confirmed that authorities in Canada have successfully followed through with test flights of the unmanned aircraft for their own use.

A spokesperson for CAE, Inc., which is located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, has confirmed that a series of test flights have occurred in recent weeks as the country looks towards purchasing drones for domestic use. According to CAE’s vice president, Pietro D’Ulisse, the capabilities of the craft will be a great asset for law enforcement across Canada.close quote (Read more)

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