Historian assaulted then arrested for jaywalking in Atlanta.
A historian at the "Historians against the war" conference in Atlanta was stopped for jaywalking. Being from the UK, he thanked the officer, then realized the officer didn’t have any name tag or identification. He asked to see the police officers identification, and the police officer took offense stating "See my Uniform!". The officer kicked the mans leg out, pushed him to the ground and handcuffed him. The police officer had 5 other police officers step on the historian causing bruises on his neck. After being in jail for 8 hours, he arranged 1000 dollar bail. He refused to accept a please bargain that would effect his green card, so the case was dropped.
off Queensland’s stunning north coast is one of the most beautiful places on earth, well maybe not if you’re an Australian Aborigine.
, a fit, healthy, 36-year-old man, died in police custody on Palm Island on 19 November 2004 following his arrest by Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley on a charge of "public nuisance". Yet Queensland DPP Leanne Clare has described the death
as "a terrible accident’ caused by a ‘complicated fall’. [via crikey.com.au
- subs req’d]
The Young Brothers Massacre.
The gunfight that killed the most law enforcement officials is US history did not happen at Waco
or Kansas City
, but just outside of Springfield, MO
(which was also home to the first famous "high noon" shootout
of the Wild West). On January 2, 1932, the two Young Brothers murdered the six policemen
who'd come to arrest one of them for killing a town marshall. Not much later, they met their own end
. This 1932 quickie pulp remains the best (or at least most readable) version of the story. (Warning: a few postmortem photos are included).
"If we can't take care of each other then who will.
Your a disgrace to any police dept. u no ball havin piece of @#%$. I hope when your out there alone writing a ticket "joe citizen" pumps u full of lead and leaves u there to rot u fuckin @#%$ u." Welcome to Cops Writing Cops. Be sure to check out "Dick of the Month"
and the forums
was there just a second ago...
Cop Watch LA, a police watchdog group, posted the video on YouTube, said
organizer Joaquin Cienfuegos. Cienfuegos said the video was shot by a neighbor of Cardenas with a cell phone camera. The neighbor gave it to Cardenas' family, who then gave it to Cop Watch, according to Cienfuegos.
Aaron Russo releases America: Freedom to Fascism
on the net!
17 year old kid
gets 2 years for selling 20 dollars of pot, enough for 1 joint. The entire town is basically a "No Drug Zone" so they used federal law to give the kid the mandatory 2 years. The Drug Policy Alliance
has put together a video
that really hits home on the war against the American people.
Federal Appeals Court
opinion "We respectfully disagree and reach a different conclusion... Possession of a large sum of cash is 'strong evidence' of a connection to drug activity."
Even if no evidence of a drug related crime is provided, you are guilty until proven innocent. BTW, they wont return the money.
Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in America. Radley Balko
(also mentioned here
) has released a year long study of the militarization of police departments
across the United States. Cato
has a corresponding interactive map
to track and filter botched paramilitary raids.
The Drug War Goes to the Dogs.
SWAT teams (usually the young ones
) seem to commit a lot of puppycide
. (Via The Agitator, who is also a MeFite.)
A rather well-edited and well-editorialized video of anti-protester police tactics
as seen from perspective of police-operated cameras from the infamous protest in Portland of 2002. (Coral Cache here.
Let me tell you what we're gonna do.
We're gonna put them handcuffs in front of ya. Cut you a little slack. But if you don't start operating, we're gonna put the mother fuckers behind your back, and I'm gonna take this slapjack and I'm gonna start working that head over, you understand? ...you sign this son of a bitch, or I'm gonna hit you again.
. .pdf transcript
. Full Story
Police abuse remains one of the most serious and divisive human rights violations in the United States. The excessive use of force by police officers, including unjustified shootings, severe beatings, fatal chokings, and rough treatment, persists because overwhelming barriers
to accountability make it possible for officers who commit human rights violations to escape due punishment and often to repeat their offenses.
went out to discover just how hard it would be to anonymously file a complaint report. As it turns out, he was threatened, roughed up, and even intimidated by the suggestion that he would be shot. After reporter Mike Kirsch filed this story, the retaliation was swift
and one would have thought, illegal.
The History of the Metropolitan Police
offers a useful overview of both policework and assorted Shocking Crimes in nineteenth-century London. But there are so many more Victorian detectives--not to mention Victorian murderers--lurking about on the net. Sneak a peek at Charles Booth's notebooks
, which record his walks with various London police officers, or read Charles Dickens' famous account of a night out with Inspector Charles Field
(who later inspired Bleak House
's Inspector Bucket). Put John Mapp
on trial. Read some broadsides
. Try to avoid Dr. Cream
and Mary Ann Cotton
, anyone? The Victorian Dictionary
reprints a number of Victorian newspaper articles about criminal activity (click on "crime" to see a detailed listing). Of course, you can't forget this fellow
...you can follow a complaint (maybe).
Your daily dose of outragefilter. Video courtesy of South Florida's CBS 4.
was arrested Wednesday
for the gang-related shooting of Michael Jacola at Orange Park High School in Jacksonville. Florida. Marcus was caught
because left his photo on his Myspace.com profile
alongside various comments about belonging to a gang.
Listen to live police scanner audio-feeds from all over America.
Most require Realplayer, but it's definitely worthwhile. It's things like this that remind me how awesome the internet can be.
Laurel Hester, RIP
--because she and her partner fought, New Jersey police and fire department employees can now name anyone--not just a spouse--as a beneficiary for pension rights, helping to protect those they love after they're gone. Just one person who made a difference.
I know a lot of people are concerned about Big Brother, but my response to that is, if you are not doing anything wrong, why should you worry about it?
Kicking the Pigeon:
On Sunday, April 13, 2003, at about 5:00 p.m., Diane Bond, a 48 year-old mother of three, stepped out of her eighth floor apartment in 3651 South Federal, the last remaining high-rise at the Stateway Gardens public housing development, and encountered three white men. Although not in uniform, they were immediately recognizable by their postures, body language, and bulletproof vests as police officers. Bond gave me the following account of what happened next.
“Where do you live at?” one of the officers asked. He had a round face and closely cropped hair. Bond later identified him as Christ Savickas.
“Right there,” she pointed to her door.
He put his gun to her right temple and snatched her keys from her hand.
Video of an unarmed man being shot by a San Bernardino Sheriff's Deputy while appearing to comply with orders.
Senior Airman Elio Carrion, 21, had been riding as a passenger in a Corvette that was involved in a brief, high-speed chase with the deputy that reached speeds of 100 mph before the Corvette crashed into a fence, authorities said.
The videotape, shot by Chino resident Jose Luis Valdes, shows Carrion sprawled on the ground and repeatedly telling the deputy, "I'm on your side."
The deputy then seems to shout, "Get up!" after which Carrion appears to lean forward.
"I'm going to get up, all right?" he says.
The deputy then fires his gun three or four times from about five feet away.
"Shut … up, you don't get up …!" he shouts.
Moaning in pain, Carrion responds: "You told me to get up."
The deputy then radioed in to dispatch that shots had been fired. [LA Times]
C.L.O.P.S - Filmed on location....
. Warning: Bad puns and some clay nudity/violence. [Google video].
Korea to unveil Police Robots
in 5 years. This project is being spearheaded by KAIST
. Whom the team at engadget visited early last year
Some of KAIST's earlier robots, Ahra
The police in the UK
recently fined a woman who was lost on one of our main motorways. Spotting a police car on the hard shoulder, she parked up behind it and asked for directions. They helped - and fined her £30 ($50) and endorsed her driving license for illegal use of the hard shoulder. (In the UK, it's for emergencies only)
The police here also use significant numbers of speed cameras to spot and fine drivers, with the some money going to the police. Is that right? Shouldn't the police just enforce the law not directly benefit from those that break it? If they benefit directly, doesn't it immediately question their integrity?
Is every cop a criminal?
At least 41 officers
in the Tennessee Highway Patrol have a criminal record. Ranging from drunk driving and driving state vehicles without a valid license to assault and child abuse. Gov. Bredesen called for a comprehensive background check of the THP and was surprised by the "inherent cronyism" with the force. Further scandals have forced the Commander to resign
and the interim Commander is under some doubt
be the end of the Good 'Ole Boys in Brown?
"'We want that shock. We want that awe. But at the same time, we don't want people to feel their rights are being threatened. We need them to be our eyes and ears'....
[Police] officers might, for example, surround a bank building, check the IDs of everyone going in and out and hand out leaflets about terror threats." While there have been no specific threats of terrorism against Miami, "'[t]his is an in-your-face type of strategy. It's letting the terrorists know we are out there,'
[Deputy Police Chief Frank] Fernandez said."
in the Commons for the first time since his election in 1997. MPs refused to pass laws allowing terrorist suspects to be jailed without trial for 90 days, and Blair's parliamentary majority of 66 turned into a minority of 31. The government has been holding back on the vote for months in an attempt to persuade their party to back the Prime Minister - they failed.
Register article on Greek arrest of well known programmer
I'ved been watching this story since it surfaced at the rixstep.com page here
; also covered at Techdirt.com in a couple of threads. Worth a look.
"Keith, Keith, I'm only 31!"
Those were the last words of Johnny Gammage, a black motorist who died just inside the city limits of Pittsburgh, when he was pulled over by police from
from some of the Steel City's wealthiest
suburbs, some time between 1:47 and 2:10 AM, 10 years ago today
. It made national headlines
at the time, but now you won't even find "Johnny Gammage
" in Wikipedia--and while the nation fixes on a more recent incident
, even the city that was torn apart by the scandal of it is passing the tenth anniversary virtually unnoticed
Innocent in London.
An account from someone who was stopped, searched and arrested by the Police in a London Tube station. [via del.icio.us/philgyford]
Cops who break the law.
Should a police chief be able to fire a cop for breaking the law? Not according to the cop's union.
Oakland police detaining photographers?
A month after being stopped for taking photos
of another building in San Francisco, blogger Thomas Hawk & some friends were detained for 20 minutes by an Oakland police officer for taking photos in the downtown warehouse district.
Among the topics of debate in the post's comments: was racial profiling an issue? is/should there even be a right to take the officer in question's photo? are SF residents more paranoid than the rest of us? is detaining a group of photographers a good use of police time? will commenters ever learn to spell "fascist" properly? and much more...
Critical Mass in Milwaukee ran into some "problems"
with police on the July 29th ride:
“I unfortunately chose to lock my bike with a friend and go see what was happening with the group who had been stopped at the yellow light. I ran down the street just in time to see police tackle a man on a bike who had a baby carriage attached to end of his bike. After he was pulled to the ground another officer violently pushed over his baby carriage with the baby inside,” More coverage
and some photos
Update on the killing of the innocent Brazilian man by London police at Stockwell station.
A special report by the Observer reveals some of the key elements emerging from the ongoing investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Jean Charles de Menezes "wasn't wearing a heavy jacket. He used his card to get into the station. He didn't vault the barrier. And now police say there are no CCTV pictures to reveal the truth
." So now the inquiry will have to rely exclusively on eyewitnesses accounts. It appears the man they saw vaulting the barrier was one of the armed officers in plain clothes, while de Menezes "simply walked towards the platform unchallenged". The plainclothes armed unit that shot de Menezes was not the same team that had been following him from his London flat: "there was a delay in calling an armed team to arrest de Menezes, which meant he had already entered the station by the time the officers arrived
". Also, it appears that once inside the station, the armed officers had no radio contact with police on the outside. As new details emerge, more questions remain unanswered.
(As previously discussed here
Tawdry, tawdry stuff
"Another prison guard smuggling dope, another cop caught tweaking, an airport security professional trying to get rich, a horny Florida deputy, and a Michigan police chief who sounds like a real decadent party animal." Lots of not-so-fun reading
in Corrupt Cops Stories
, a weekly feature
in the Drug War Chronicle
. The archive
goes back a few years.
Want to learn to be a CSI?
It's the U.S. government's multimedia website to train police and evidence recovery personnel. You can try the tests - the advanced one will tell you if you convicted the accused or not. Pretty slick for Uncle Sam.
In the Czech Republic
over the weekend a free and legal techno party
was stormed by heavily-armed riot police. One person died and dozens of participants were injured. The unprecedented attack has been heavily condemned by the League of Human Rights
and the Czech Shadow Minister claiming it was politically motivated. See also 1
Prime Minister Jiri Paroubek (Social Democrats, CSSD) defended the action stating: The core of the techno enthusiasts is made up of "obsessed people with anarchist proclivities and international links," who "provoke massive violent demonstrations, fuelled by alcohol and drugs, against the peaceful society"
Videos: 1 2 3 4
Man shot 5 times in London.
Around 10am, suspected suicide bomber runs into a tube station and is shot and killed at close range by plain-clothes police officers. News still developing, high risk of further incidents.
Poor old Mr. Plod can do no right
- Scotlan Yard report into beliefs concerning child-abuse among ethnic minorities backfires, when media build up a moral panic
, reminiscent of earlier cases
of Satanic ritual abuse
. (previously raised here
'Roid rage in blue: Cops on steroids deal with the dregs of humanity
[Police officer] Tweedy kicked and stomped on Koonce's head repeatedly, walking away and then returning to continue the blows as Koonce lay motionless, gurgling his own blood. Koonce, now 28, suffered life-threatening injuries, including skull fractures and brain contusions. He spent two months in a coma.... [Officer Tweedy] He was described as depressed and having trouble sleeping and had been accused twice earlier of overly aggressive police tactics. [emphasis added]
It just goes to show that a certain segment of society thinks they can defy any and all authority, and they seek to blame those people who (for the most part) try to serve and PROTECT.
Gestapo traffic stop.
In the world's most powerful country, even the faintest shadow is a dangerous precipice. Enter South Florida's finest.
WSJ - "FedEx's newfound enthusiasm for a frontline role
in the war on terror shows how the relationship between business and government
has changed in the past few years. In some cases, these changes are blurring the division between private commerce and public law enforcement."
"FedEx... has granted customs inspectors access to the company's database of international shipments, which includes the name and address of a shipper, the package's origin and its final destination. The databases also include credit-card information and other payment details that the government is not entitled to solicit outside of a criminal investigation. "Our guys just love it," says one senior customs official overseeing inspections at international courier companies." [UPS
, nor even the USPS
will provide this much assistance to the DHS without a warrant.]
"Two years ago, after intense lobbying by FedEx
of the Tennessee state legislature, the company was permitted to create a 10-man, state-recognized police force
. FedEx police wear plain clothes and can investigate all types of crimes, request search warrants and make arrests on FedEx property."